June 21, 2006

Cote d'Ivoire 3, Serbia & Montenegro 2: Rallying from two goals down, the nation known to most Americans as the "Ivory Coast" won their final game of the tournament, and all but assuring that S&M will finish 32nd in the standings when all is said and done. The Elephants are easily the best of the teams eliminated so far, and when you look at the five African teams, you also see Ghana a win away from advancing, as well as Tunisia, who threw a real scare into Spain on Monday, and Angola and Togo playing down-to-the-wire in each of their games so far. And this was supposed to be an off-year for teams from the continent, after upsets in qualifying knocked out perennial powers Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon.

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