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Overview

Match summary

Elephant charge flattens Japan

Two goals in two second-half minutes saw Côte d'Ivoire overturn an early deficit and open their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ account with a 2-1 win over Asian champions Japan.

Match Highlights

Quotes

"For us it was really important to start well this tournament. The players are very happy with the victory, but we are not yet qualified," Sabri Lamouchi, Côte d’Ivoire coach.

Latest News

Live Blog

00:08

Goal Counter

28Goals so far
GERVINHO
CIV2-1JPN
Latest Scorer
CIV
GERVINHO
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Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV
Japan
JapanJPN

Statistics

Ball possession

58%
42%
12Fouls Committed13
9Attempts On Target4
19Shots7
2Total Goals scored1
0Penalties scored0
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THANKS FOR JOINING US 
Thank you for taking your seat in the Global Stadium for the third matchday of Brazil 2014. It's been a remarkable day with a host of twists, turns and incredible goals. We'll wrap everything up for you on the daily tournament blog.

23:54
TOURE YAYA
Côte d'IvoireCIV
Midfielder

has been elected Man of the Match

90MINUTES PLAYED50TOTAL PASSES0GOALS FOR2SHOTS
23:52
The final whistle sounds.

FULL TIME: It's all over in Recife and Côte d'Ivoire are the first African side to defeat Japan at the World Cup thanks to a quickfire turnaround. Honda put the Blue Samurai ahead in the first half before two headed goals by Bony and Gervinho turned the game on its head.

23:48
90'+DROGBA (Côte d'Ivoire) commits a foul.
23:47
90'+YA KONAN (Côte d'Ivoire) swings in the corner.
23:47
90'+YA KONAN (Côte d'Ivoire) swings in the corner.
23:46
90'YA KONAN (Côte d'Ivoire) takes a corner kick.
23:45
89'KAWASHIMA (Japan) blocks the shot.

Drogba magnificently traps the ball and swivels away from his marker. He sets Kalou away down the Ivorian right and the Lille midfielder hits an effort at goal from a tight angle, which Kawashima tips over.

Man of the Match

has been elected Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH!

Photos

360 Panoramic Photo

Line-ups

Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV
Japan
JapanJPN
(GK)
(GK)
75'
78'
86'
(C)
(C) 54'
62'
67'
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
54'
86'
62'
67'
78'
75'
21
CoachCoach
Sabri LAMOUCHI (FRA)Alberto ZACCHERONI (ITA)

Match Facts

Recife

Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco, in the north-east of Brazil, and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area - a conurbation of another 13 cities, including Olinda, with a population of 3.7 million.

Arena Pernambuco

  • Stadium nameArena Pernambuco
  • CityRecife
  • Year constructed2014
  • Overall capacity42610

Weather

  • Rain
  • 26° CTemperature
  • 10 m/sWind
  • 77 %Humidity

Officials

  • Referee: Enrique OSSES
    Chile
    ChileCHI
  • Assistant Referee 1: Carlos ASTROZA (CHI)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Sergio ROMAN (CHI)
  • Fourth official: ALIOUM (CMR)

Games

  • World Cup Fantasy

  • Castrol's Predictor Challenge

  • Your 11

  • Dream Team

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