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Ivory Coast beat Japan in Group C

Posted: 15 June 2014 Time: 08:12

Ivory Coast got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start following a 2-1 victory against Japan on Sunday morning.

The Elephants were made to work hard for the three points after the Asians took a stunning 16th-minute lead - Keisuke Honda’s excellent finish at the near-post doing the business.

The Ivorians wasted chance after chance in the first half, but the introduction of Didier Drogba from the bench just past the hour-mark sparked the comeback.

Wilfried Bony got the first on 64 minutes when he headed home Serge Aurier’s cross from the right.

And two minutes later the turnaround was complete when Gervinho got onto he end of a cross – Aurier again the provider – though goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima should have done better. 

Drogba had a few chances towards the end, but in the end Sabri Lamouchi’s men settled for a 2-1 victory which puts them in a great position to emerge from the group.

Livefyre comments on this story...

TshonoM
posted: 2014-06-15 06:27:04

Kickoff is disappointing. Why is this report so short and so late? Quit sleeping on your jobs guys.

doubleJ
posted: 2014-06-15 06:30:13

Good job elephands, I didn't sleep and I'm not complaining because of the good job u did. Surely u will go to 2nd round of this competition

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-15 06:36:26

@Tsono...Exactly my point! I wanted to check out the live reporting, but guess what! someone was busy farting in their sleep!

mavinny
posted: 2014-06-15 08:18:13

Hope for the african, I know Japan is not an easy ride considering the age of some of the players on your squad. Job welldone.

Lufunot
posted: 2014-06-15 09:47:12

The only African team with a big chance to move to knockout stages.

Ingwe_15
posted: 2014-06-15 10:58:49

Mayb, Just maybe thy wanna play football this time around

CHAMP KhosieGP #KCInspire
posted: 2014-06-15 11:26:42

Make Africa Proud!!!

CHAMP KhosieGP #KCInspire
posted: 2014-06-15 11:27:19

Make Africa proud!!!

Vez' ikhanda
posted: 2014-06-15 11:41:28

Ivory cost will top dis group, Colombia and Greece wl nt beat da Elephants. Goodluck

Redblack Blood
posted: 2014-06-16 08:13:45

Go Cote D Ivore go, im still waiting for that goal Yaya, Serge u impressed me, i hope all the Arsenal fans are smiling.

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