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Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire vs Travel to Japan Japan in Recife.

Match Preview

Côte d'Ivoire and Japan have never met at a World Cup Finals, although they did play each other in Sion, Switzerland; prior to South Africa 2010.

Côte d'Ivoire won the game (2:0) but it didn't help them advance from the group stage in South Africa; while Japan went on to reach the Second Round.

The Match

A kick-off at 3am Central European Time meant that not many people outside of Africa or Asia would have watched this game live.

Although Didier Drogba was left on the bench, his second-half introduction sparked Côte d'Ivoire into life.

Goalscorers 0:1
Keisuke Honda gave Japan the lead, sixteen minutes into the game, after finding enough room to manoeuvre the ball from his right to left foot and put his head down to fire past Boubacar Barry.

Four minutes later, Japan might have extended their lead had Atsuto Uchida looked for someone in a better position rather than shooting himself.

Half-time: Côte d'Ivoire 0 - Japan 1

Goalscorers 1:1
Just two minutes after Didier Drogba arrived on the pitch, in place of Serey Die, Côte d'Ivoire were back in the game; Wilfried Bony heading home Serge Aurier's cross.

Goalscorers 2:1
Côte d'Ivoire went ahead after another cross by Serge Aurier, two minutes later, and another header; this time by former Arsenal striker, Gervinho.

Didier Drogba may not have been directly involved in the goals but his appearance on the pitch had the positive effect required. Job done.

Final Score: Ivory Coast 2 - Japan 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 - Keisuke Honda (16 mins)
1:1 - Wilfried Bony (64 mins)
2:1 - Gervinho (66 mins)


Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire:
1-Boubacar Barry; 17-Serge Aurier, 22-Sol Bamba, 5-Didier Zokora, 3-Arthur Boka; 9-Cheick Tiote, 19-Yaya Toure, 20-Serey Die; 10-Yao Gervinho, 12-Wilfried Bony, 8-Salomon Kalou.

Travel to Japan Japan:
1-Eiji Kawashima; 2-Atsuto Uchida, 6-Masato Morishige, 22-Maya Yoshida, 5-Yuto Nagatomo; 16-Hotaru Yamaguchi, 17-Makoto Hasebe, 9-Shinji Okazaki, 4-Keisuke Honda; 10-Shinji Kagawa, 18-Yuya Osako.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Enrique Osses - Chile Travel to Chile

Yellow Cards 4 yellow cards:
23 mins - Maya Yoshida (Japan)
54 mins - Sol Bamba (Ivory Coast)
58 mins - Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast)
64 mins - Masato Morishige (Japan)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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