Portugal join Brazil in last 16 as Côte d'Ivoire exit

Portugal joined Brazil in the last 16 of the World Cup on Friday after the pair drew 0-0 in their final Group G game, while Côte d’Ivoire were eliminated despite a 3-0 win over North Korea.

Brazil topped the group with seven points and Portugal ended on five with the Ivorians on four.

The Brazilians will face the runners-up from Group H, containing Spain, Switzerland, Chile and Honduras, while Portugal will play against the winners of that group.

The qualifiers from Group H will be decided in matches later on Friday.

Côte d’Ivoire at least signed off with a stylish win at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit with goals from Yaya Toure and Romaric before the break and a third from Salomon Kalou as the outclassed North Koreans finished with zero points from their three games.

Brazil finished their group campaign unbeaten but there was little entertainment in the bad-tempered goalless draw in Durban with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side, which featured seven yellow cards in the first half alone.—AFP

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