Toure: African teams don’t think enough


Needing a just a draw to progress, Ivory Coast found themselves a goal down at half-time, but drew level thanks to Wilfried’s Bony’s finish on 74 minutes. Yet all dreams of a first Last 16 berth in their history were dashed as a Georgios Samaras injury-time penalty sent the Greeks through.

And defender Kolo Toure feels his side gave the opponents the victory.

“We gave them the stick to beat us, we gave them the match,” Kolo told L’Equipe after the game.

“We first managed to hold on, but all of us must defend. People often question Côte d’Ivoire’s defence, but we saw it again today.

“When there are thirty seconds remaining, we must have eleven players within our own 18 meters.

“Unfortunately, this is the problem of the African teams, we don’t think enough.”

The Liverpool centre-back then admitted this was his last-ever Mundial.

“I do not want to jump to conclusions and tell you whether I carry on with the Elephants, but this is for sure my last World Cup,” said the 33-year-old.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast head coach Sabri Lamouchi has left his post as manager of the Elephants.

“My journey with Côte d’Ivoire ends tonight,” Lamouchi said. “I was under contract until this World Cup and you will understand why there will be no renewal.

“It makes sense as we failed at the African Cup of Nations and at the World Cup.”

Greek counterpart Fernando Santos was ecstatic with his side’s victory over his African rivals.

“The best team won; the one with the best strategy, most desire and most chances on the night,” he said. “We scored twice and hit the bar three times.

“The win was deserved and we showed what we can do. We showed we know how to attack too.

“I told the players this morning this would not be our last match.

“We are very happy and know that everyone in Greece is delighted.”