The 2010 World Cup continued on Tuesday, with Portugal vs Ivory Coast ending in a scoreless draw.
The Ivory Coast outplayed Portugal for much of the match, according to an Associated Press story on ESPN.com, and got an appearance from injured superstar Drogba, but couldn't muster a score and had to settle for one point and a nil-nil draw.
Didier Drogba was the topic of much conversation leading up to the World Cup after breaking his arm just before the tournament. He had surgery almost immediately thereafter and appeared Tuesday afternoon as a reserve.
Drogba played only the final 24 minutes, but fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal played the entire game without producing a score. Still, he had perhaps the most deadly chance of the game early in the match, rocketing a rip from 30 yards away off the post.
Soccer is often ridiculed for its lack of scoring, an argument most football aficionados find obnoxious given the fluidity and beauty of the game. However, it is somewhat frustrating that a game featuring two of the most dynamic offensive threats in the world ended without a single goal.
However, I suppose such an outcome is more a testament to strong defense - and a little luck, as in the case of Ronaldo's blast off the pipe - than struggling offense.
Either way, two of the world's biggest stars took center stage Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, neither of them snatched much of the spotlight.