Last Updated: 25/06/10 6:04pm
That's it for this afternoon then, Portugal and Brazil are in the next round. We're waving goodbye to Ivory Coast and North Korea, who made this group interesting in their own individual ways. Hope you've enjoyed the match this afternoon, stay tuned for reaction. And don't forget the games tonight - Spain take on Chile and Switzerland meet Honduras. We've got all the latest action right here, so see you again at 1900 BST when our interactive coverage gets back underway. Thank you for joining me. Good night.
The other thing worth mentioning is Ghana are officially the only African representatives left in the tournament. Much was expected of the African contingent, but only the Group D runners-up managed to get through.
Ivory Coast finish third then, Portugal have progressed. Had the Elephants got the seven goals they needed it wouldn't have made the slightest bit of difference given their rivals managed a 0-0 draw against Brazil. It was always going to be tough for them - Group G was dubbed the 'Group of Death' after all.
Could that be it for Sven? Rumour had it the Swede was considering hiis future prior to the match, but we'll soon find out. Stick around for match report and reaction.
The whistle blows and the game is up for Ivory Coast, they are out. They've won here, comfortably in the end, but they ran out of steam just as they threatened to do the unlikely.
Free-kick comes over the left into the North Korean box, and no fewer than four ivory Coast attackers are lurking waiting to convert the ball. Kalou puts it over anyway as the offside flag is raised.
Ahn throw his arm in the face of Boka, giving Ivory Coast a free-kick. Drogba sends it over and Dindane converts, but the offside flag is raised for the second time this afternoon.
Great finish from Kalou, who directs a superbly-taken volley past the on-rushing keeper from Boka's delightful arching cross out wide on the left. 3-0 Ivory Coast. Too little, too late now, but still a lovely finish nonetheless.
North Korea have just had the best chance of the match. Jong is played in behind the defence at the far post and he lashes a shot at Barry. The effort is well saved but the front man retrieves the ball for another effort, however he can't direct it on target with the goal gaping.
The Ivory Coast onslaught may have been silenced, but the vuvuzelas haven't. Still a cracking atmosphere in the stadium.
Drogba runs at the North Korean defence but he is dispossessed just before he pulls the trigger. You suspect had he got the shot away, it would have done some damage.
Kalou has a go but can only hit it over the bar. He was dropped for this afternoon's match by Sven Goran Eriksson.
Looking unlikely for the Ivory Coast now, just under 20 minutes to find seven goals. Brazil don't look like their going to do them many favours.
Dindane tries winning his side a corner but loses it too easily. All Ivory Coast now, the North Korean comeback has subsided somewhat.
Hong shows great pedigree to rob Toure of the ball, not many times people have done that this afternoon.
Dindane tries making an instant impact but the former Pompey man over-runs the ball and it goes out for a goal kick.
Eboue plays in Keita, who cross first time. Gevinho can't reach in in time and that surely would have been 3-0 had the front man got something on it.
Another cross sent into the mix and Droga tries jumping in to make a connection, but the keeper makes a star-jump dive at the ball to possibly divert the Chelsea striker's attention. Either way, the front man didn't make it and the ball goes out.
Ahn gets room on the edge of the box and is primed to shoot, but, bizarrely, the midfielder attempts a half side-foot shot-cum-pass, and it bounces off a team mate.
North Korea seeing a bit more of the ball and they again raid down the right. Story of the game, though, their final pass is sadly lacking in quality. Otherwise, we could have had a real game on our hands.
Cha tries going forward and he makes advances well into the Ivory Coast half, but a poor ball from the right-back prevents him releasing a colleague free down the line.
Drogba nearly applied that final touch, stooping bravely to send a diving header just wide of the post.
Sven looking on anxiously - you get the sense he feels progression is beyond them. They need a third soon to have any realistic hope of overturning the deficit.
Jong is played in behind the full back in a rare attack for the North Korea, but the ball is just too heavy for the striker and Barry sees it go out for a goal kick.
Great work from Eboue. On the right touchline, he nutmegs his man before skinning another. The right-back cuts it across goal but it is cleared off the line, very close to a third goal there.
North Korea giving away a couple of free-kicks now, and Ivory Coast have a dangerous free-kick from wide right. Romaric whips it in, and Toure, as in Kolo, is at the back post. The defender can only knee it toward goal and North Korea clear.
Keita's turn to rampage, this time down the right. He is penalised for getting too heavy-handed with the North Korean left-back, Ji.
Myong-Guk Ri is down - he's holding his face after that clash with Keita. The kepper groggily gets back to his feet.
Trouble at the mill. Gervinho gets possession down the left and beats his man, sending a teasing cross to the front post. The keeper comes out and paws away ahead of Keita and North Korea survive. Just.
Players re-surfacing for the second half. North Korean players in a huddle before the whistle to exchange a final few words of encouragement.
The ref blows the whistle and it's half time. 2-0 Ivory Coast - they need six more and hope Brazil grab a goal elsewhere.
Gervinho gets one on target from Drogba's cross, but the header is looping and lands in the keeper's hands.
Eboue has a shot at goal from distance and the Arsenal right-back is not too far away from scoring a spectacular goal.
Elephants look like they're waiting for the half-time whistle to arrive. They'll need to come flying out the blocks once again if this deficit is to go down. They still need six - and for Brazil to score in the other game.
Jong does a rare thing not often seen from a North Korea player - the striker commits a foul against Zokora.
Gervinho nearly finds the net as he enters the box and drills an effort across the goal - just wide, and North Korea's net escapes once again. The Ivory Coast striker is running riot today, but he needs a goal to show for his efforts.
Another Elephants attack sees the ball sent in the direction of Drogba, but the long pass won't work every time. North Korea have got wiser to the tactic.
Ivory Coast have slacked off a tad since that second goal, and North Korea are slowly - very slowly - growing in confidence.
Barry nearly gets himself in a mess as he comes to claim a cross, nearly carrying it over the 18-yard line. Keeper manages to drop and hastily boot the ball away just before he gets penalised for handling.
Ivory Coast are, well, coasting. It's all one-way traffic. Keita has just rifled a volley over the cross-bar for what would have been a superb goal had it been on target.
North Korea finally work the ball into the Coast's half, but they cede possession too easily. Their passing isn't crisp enough, nor accurate.
Lovely one-touch stuff form the Ivoarians as they try an alternative route to goal. Yaya Toure can't bring the Jabulani down and the move breaks down, which was a shame. They'd moved the ball superbly there.
Drogba making the diagnol run again in behind the defence, and North Korea can't handle the burly front man. The corner comes in and finally they clear.
Keita traps a delightful cross field pass and uses a lovely piece of skill to bamboozle the full-back.
Ivory Coast fans have their backs turned on the play, which I think speaks volumes about their confidence in their team securing victory today.
North Korea have a free-kick in a dangerous position. Tiote is the guilty party, and 25-yards from goal, Hong curls it just wide of the upright.
Nearly more trouble as Drogba gets his head on a cross, but the ball is deflected away by North Korea. No corner given, though, and the goal survives another beating.
The record books will show Romaric got the goal - but Drogba deserves all the credit. The Chelsea striker takes down a floated cross, and in one movement, rolls his man before smashing a half-volley against the underside of the bar. It bounces back out and Romaric is on hand to nod it past the stranded keeper. 2-0 Ivory Coast.
Hong rattles it toward goal and it flies just wide. Not a bad effort from the midfielder, but Barry's gloves remain untroubled.
Romaric has just hit the post. The midfielder has the ball on the wide right before cutting inside and curling an effort on his left foot. It looks destined for the bottom corner but it cannons back off the upright. Unlucky.
Toure is the hero as he shapes up a delightful shot into the bottom corner. The Barcalona curled that beyond the grasp of Myong-Guk Ri from the edge of the area and it's 1-0. It's been coming, you have to say. Will the flood gates open?
Myong-Guk Ri is earning his crust this afternoon, pulling off another save to foil Gervinho. The front man gets half a yard in the area and scuffs a left foot shot that the Korean keeper is equal to, diving low to his right.
Warning signs for North Korea, if they needed anymore. Miind you, they venture into the Ivorian half but a long-ball in the direction of Jony is cut out.
Drogba has the ball in the net - but it's offside, and the goal is ruled out. The Chelsea man was a solid yard ahead of play when the ball was crossed.
Gervinho nearly opened the scoring there. He gets inbetween full-back and defender, skipping over a challenge to reach the by-line. He pulls the ball back with his left foot and it rolls through the keeper's legs, however a defender is back to poke as it trickled toward the goal line.
Romaric is fouled in the middle of the park, giving the Coast the chance to get the ball forward. Drogba is lurking on the edge of the penalty box, but Romaric opts to shoot from the full 40-yards and Myong-Guk Ri shows a good pair of hands to snaffle it.
Toure looks like the linking man for the Ivory Coast, already he's been picking up the ball and setting the flair players on their way. He's not exactly small, either, making it difficult to get the ball off him.
Little bit better from North Korea, who settle down and string a few passes together. They've got bodies behind the ball in case they do lose possession.
North Korea struggling a little here, they're resorting to hoof ball at this early stage as the Ivorian onslaught begins. It could be a long afternoon.
Ivorians seeing all of the ball in these opening stages, I don't think North Korea have touched the Jabulani yet. Boka lets fly from distance from his left-back post and the keeper smothers it easily.
One minute in and Ivory Coast are so close to taking the lead. Toure splits the Korean back line and releases Keita, but the striker can only direct it at the feet of Myong-Guk Ri and it goes behind for a corner. Great start from Sven's team.
Here we go then, pleasantries are being exchanged as the players prepare for kick-off. North Korea are unchanged for the third match in a row, meanwhile Ivory Coast make four changes as they look for an unlikely goal rush.
North Korea: Myong-Guk Ri, Cha, Chol-Jin Pak, Jun-Il Ri, Ji, Kwang-Chon Ri, Hong, Ahn, Nam-Chol Pak, Mun, Jong. Subs: Myong-Gil Kim, Kum-il Kim, An, Choe, Nam-Chol Pak, Yong-Jun Kim, Nam, Chol-Myong Ri, Kwang-Hyok Ri, Kyong-Il Kim, Sung Hyok Pak, Myong-Won Kim.
Ivory Coast: Barry, Eboue, Toure, Zokora, Boka, Romaric, Toure Yaya, Tiote, Keita, Drogba, Gervinho. Subs: Zogbo, Angoua, Gohouri, Doumbia, Kalou, Gosso, Kone, Dindane, Tiene, Bamba, Yeboah.
Should the Ivorians haul themselves into second, they will face the winners of Group H, which could be a toss up between three teams - Spain, Switzerland and Chile. Tough fixtures either way, I'm sure you'll agree.
North Korea were embarrassed 7-0 against Portugal, a result which will not have gone down well in their home land. Today provides a chance for them to rectify some pride they last after taking Brazil the distance in a brave 2-1 loss in their opening match. The Samba nation have already qualified, leaving Portugal to all but confirm their runners-up slot. It's all about goal difference - the Ivorian's is minus 2, Portugal's seven plus. You do the math. Ominously, Portugal have not conceded - Sven Goran Eriksson's side drawing 0-0 against their European counterparts in their opening match.
Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to today's live commentary of North Korea's clash with Ivory Coast. Can the Elephants do the unthinkable, and become the second African nation to qualify for the second round of the World Cup? It's a tall order, but let us not forget their opponents conceded seven in their last outing. So for Kim Jong-Hun's side today is all about pride. Maybe they could pull of a shock result, as they almost did against Brazil in the opening match. Ivory Coast will be relying on Brazil doing them a favour against Portugal, but even that may not be enough, Either way, we'll soon find out - kick-off is at 1500 BST - and the starting line-ups will follow, but until then you can email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll post the best comments on the site. Enjoy the game.