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Posted: 24 June 2014 Time: 21:17

Heartbreak for Ivory Coast as they lose out to Greece for a spot in the Last 16, after goals from Samaris and Samaras sent The Elephants packing through a controversial penalty decision.


Ivory Coast needed little more than a draw to advance from Group C as runners-up, with Colombia in top spot. Greece came into the match needing nothing but a win, and their performance showed just that.

Greece were forced into making two changes in the first half due to injury, and saw goalkeeper Karnezis as well as Kone being replaced by Glykos and Samaris respectively.

Little separated the two sides in the firs half hour, with Ivory Coast failing to make their final passes and convert their chances, while Greece looked the more threatening.

Holebas had the best chance of the match in the 33rd minute as he was unlucky to see his thunderous shot hit the Ivorian crossbar with Barry attaching as the ball looped over his head.

Gervinho and Drogba combined well in the first half but couldn’t make the best of their clever runs and passes.

A mistake from Tiote in his own half saw Samaras intercepting a poor back pass and feeding Samaris through on goal. The substitute made no mistake in placing the ball beyond the on-rushing Barry to give Greece a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute.

Ivory Coast’s lack of concentration continued in the second half as they squandered possession without any real pressure from Greece. Salpingidis collected a loose ball in a good area and unleashed the first shot on goal of the half in the 58th minute, with Barry having to shuffle across and palm it over the bar for a corner.

Greece continued to apply pressure on Ivory Coast as they looked to double their lead to secure their progression from the Group. Ivory Coast were feeling the pressure and brought on Wilfred Bony in place of Tiote to add more numbers in attack.

Bony made and immediate impact and found the equaliser for Ivory Coast in the 74th minute, and that seemed to have settled the Ivorians who looked to run down the clock as a draw was enough.

Gervinho, arguably The Elephants’ best player was replaced in the 83rd minute by Giovanni Sio. The substitute proved costly as Greece placed the pressure back on a defensive-minded Ivory Coast, and they were rewarded with a penalty in the 90th minute after Georgios Samaras was brought down in the Ivorian box.

Replays showed that minimal contact on Samaras resulted in the striker tripping over his own leg, and the referee show no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Samaras made the penalty count as he sent the ball flying past Barry to seal the win, as well as secure qualification into the Last 16, for Greece.

It was heart-break for Ivory Coast as they failed to make history and advance beyond the group stage for the first time, and were the second African team to be knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after Cameroon.

Colombia advanced as group leaders with Greece going through as runners-up, while Ivory Coast and Japan were eliminated in Group C.

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-06-24 20:14:24

Ivory coast will make it!!!

posted: 2014-06-24 20:18:07

I prefer watching Colombia against Japan just for the football. I know Cote dvore needs our support but I can pass the chance to see Honda, James Rodriguez, Quintero, Cuadrado and Aguilar

TikaTeka - 007
posted: 2014-06-24 20:47:46

I wish Ivory Coast gets 5-0. They are sleeping,these boys don't want to work hard for their national teams, mxm...

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-06-24 22:05:58

fock off. I should have slept

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-06-24 22:07:49

This African teams are not serious. that referee though

posted: 2014-06-24 22:10:46

i blame Yaya toure before the penalty he got a chance to wrap up the game but he decided to be smart

posted: 2014-06-24 22:41:20

Ivory Coast is an over-rated team in Africa who get their butt wipped in international stage!

Nigeria is the only hope for Africa

posted: 2014-06-25 00:06:54

Mnxm they have only themselves to blame with mere seconds before time they went to sleep, to me they are the flops of this WC so far!, it really is getting tough for our fellow African countries yet one wonders how Chickens-Chickens ala BB would have fared in such rough conditions, yhooo!

Mhlonishwa Jabz1Two3Cebz
posted: 2014-06-25 04:09:15

Sometimes you might be tempted to think that the are conspiracies or just dark forces that tries and make sure that African countries don't progress to the last 16 but the fact is African countries have themselves to blame. 

posted: 2014-06-25 04:44:38

Penalty or no penalty African teams professionalism is sickening phasa ibhola ndoda simple as that, but knowing our players always seeking for individual glory they shuld have wrapped that game before the penalty incident. Yaya and co deserve to.b heading home. We all African teams general cant handle pressure. Lastly playing with 3 center midfielders and one striker when team losing decide to deploy another striker nxi poor tactics I.played.soccer long time.ago.lento ye striker esi one doesnt work.....

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-25 05:05:51

Sies! African teams are made up of dumb players...all they know is to rough tackle other players. They are clueless when they get to the opposition box. They are slow on the counter, they cant time their passes and therefore get caught offside, and most of all they are brainless. No wonder an average team like Egypt has always been dominating Africa. They know they are playing against retards! Tonight we gonna witness another arrogant brainless team from Lagos being ripped apart by Messi; the same as a certain team from Douala comprising of players with more muscles than brains, was single handedly annihilated by Neymar on Monday. That team is now called 4 by 4! Ag sies niyasinyanyisa maan!

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-06-25 06:11:41

Sometimes I'm tempted to think this Continent is cursed,we fail at almost everything competitive,all we know is ridiculing each other,how can a team that has players who play week in week out in tougher Leagues fail like this

posted: 2014-06-25 06:17:27

Jabz123Cebz  my man im with you on this one, I sense a conspiracy towards African teams (Blacks), Africans should never reign supreme, I wudnt be shocked to hear that some players are paid to under perform so that the team looses, look at the mistake done by the ever reliable Tiote of Newcastle in England, # 2, you have 3 players against 2 of Greece just before the penalty was awarded, and they fail to score, the same thing that Ghana did, 3 players against 2 (Germany) and they pass a guy who is offside

posted: 2014-06-25 06:25:35

Ivorians tried and failed hard luck to them.

Me I say tactics caused them,when 1 0 down they pressed outplayed Greece but why change after scoring. They were going to score the second with Gervinho on the team, why take him out anyway.

Lets see how the African Giants will do may god bless Ghana we want them in the knockout stages.

Bafana ba style
posted: 2014-06-25 06:26:32

KEEGAN Ritchie's exit from Slavia Prague will likely be concluded this week as the club took the bold step of removing the former Kaizer Chiefs left-back from their list of players for next season.

posted: 2014-06-25 06:49:36

It is not a good idea to go and play for a draw. Attacking and scoring as many goals as you can is always the best option and be mindful not to expose yourself at the back . Italy used the same approach and were literally beaten.

You approach each game with intention to score and put your opponents under pressure as you score they have to attack they also expose themselves and you can score more. Hard luck Ivory Coast you tried but it was not good enough

Onaza Glorified Sendino
posted: 2014-06-25 07:04:58

the dismal performance of African teams should be squarely put on CAF....CAF allows host countries to employ unscrupulous tactics on visiting teams....the referees are displaying explicit bias towards home teams...the pitches are not conducive to free flowing games.....does deserving and fair playing teams (if any still exist) dont excell or qualify... African teams will always be exposed at global stage...no favours will see them through 

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-25 07:09:57

The first thing that the Africans must start learning and practicing is defence. Let them do drills on defence tactics and master them first. Attack is not a problem, they are naturally gifted. They must learn how to mark space and forget man marking because they are the worst man markers...they cannot mark a man and not foul him in the process, and the opposition is aware of that. You are only as good as your defence. You cannot play like African Wanderers of Henry Cele (may his soul RIP), with the Zuma, Nomvethe and Mkhize. These three were very deadly...they would score 5 goals but still lose a game 5-6; why? because they had no defence.... 

posted: 2014-06-25 07:17:15

Looking at how committed and hard working South Americans are in this WC one can clearly see that all if then regard this WC as continental show piece not just Brazil , pity 2010 could not be defined in the same manner with Bafuny Bafuny leading the way , Kudus to S Americans they all qualified for the last 16 . Still of the view that Ghana will once again rise to the occasion and make Africa proud

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