IVORY COAST 2-1 JAPAN
Ivory Coast are in my opinion, the best African team in the whole tournament. With the likes of Drogba, Bony, the Toure brothers (Yaya and Kolo), Gervinho, Kalou and more they really have great depth to their squad which Japan simply could not contain.
The Japanese started well (as did Spain against Holland, remember) by scoring the first goal of the game in only 16 minutes. Indeed, the first half seemed to be Japans as they fought hard to stay on top although they could not do so for the whole game.
After the break, the Ivory Coast had been determined to make the second half theirs and it would only take two minutes to score both of the two goals which won the game for them.
Wilfried Bony would show the Japanese and the world what he could do around 64 minutes by putting the ball into the net to equalize and prove that the Africans would not accept defeat.
Yaya Toure had been on top form although it was Aurier who provided the cross which was met with Gervinhos head to score the second goal in the 66th minute.
KEY PLAYERS: Keisuke Honda has already proven that he can perform as well for his country as he does for AC Milan.
BONY AND GERVINHO in a short amount of time managed to take back the game from Japan and they won’t ever have to worry about conceding goals if they can turn what may be defeat or a draw into a victory if they keep performing this way for the rest of the tournament. Didier Drogba was left out of the starting line up but made a dramatic effect once he was brought on in the second half. The manager should consider that when choosing his next starting line up.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
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