So near and yet so near. Denied their place in the knockouts by a late, late penalty against Greece who stole their place as a result.
A team with big names pretty much everywhere, I expected more from IC. But Drogba looked jaded, Yaya not the force he is at the Etihad.
They were in a group they should have cruised through, but again I'm left having to review the performances of an under-performing African nation.
No wonder the IC GK stayed on the pitch at the end of the Greece game, his head buried in the grass. He knew they should have done better.