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Mbombela Stadium (ATT 34,634) 25th June 2010 - Kick off 15:00

Korea DPR Korea DPR vs Ivory Coast Ivory Coast

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Eriksson's side only have faint chance of progression

Last Updated: 24/06/10 12:18pm

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Eriksson: Attacking approach

Eriksson: Attacking approach

Ivory Coast need a mathematical miracle against North Korea if they are to advance to the last 16.

Sven Goran Eriksson's side looked like they would be in contention to qualify for the next round after playing out a goalless draw with Portugal in their opening match.

A 3-1 defeat to Brazil on Sunday hit their hopes but the main damage was done a day later when Portugal trounced North Korea 7-0.

Ivory Coast must now beat North Korea and rely on Brazil to do them a favour and win against Portugal, but even then they are highly likely to miss out on goal difference, with the Portuguese currently on plus seven and the Ivorians on minus two.

The Elephants have remained in positive mood ahead of the clash in Nelspruit and will believe they can record a convincing win.

Eriksson will instruct his players to adopt a more attacking approach than in previous games and could make changes to his starting line-up.

Gervinho is pushing for a recall after impressing off the substitutes' bench against Brazil and could come in for Aruna Dindane.

Didier Drogba will once again lead the line and play with a cast protecting the arm he fractured before the tournament.

North Korea news

North Korea can no longer qualify but will be looking to restore pride after suffering such a crushing defeat to Portugal.

Having acquitted themselves well in a 2-1 loss to Brazil, Kim Jong-Hun's team fell apart spectacularly in the second half against Portugal to concede six goals.

Jong-Hun accepted full responsibility for not formulating the right strategy and will have prepared his players hard for the clash with Ivory Coast.

The manager could decide to give opportunities to some players that have not figured yet in the tournament but is more likely to allow those that took to the field against Portugal to try and make amends.

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