Africa gets its first win

June 15, 2014 at 10:56 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Côte d'Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire News, Japan, Japan News, News

Gervinho of the Ivory Coast (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammate Didier Drogba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match  between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Gervinho of the Ivory Coast (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammate Didier Drogba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Ivory Coast got Africa’s first win of the 2014 World Cup when they overcame Japan 2-1 at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife in the early hours of this morning.

Ivory Coast started the stronger of the teams in wet conditions, and Japan seemed to struggle initially with the Africans power and pace. But it was Japan who opened the scoring almost against the run of play as Keisuke Honda struck from inside the box to give Japan the lead after 16 minutes.

The Ivory Coast continued to attack well throughout the first half but Japan ‘s defence held out and was well organised.

Here was a festive atmosphere inside the stadium with a mixture of drums and chants ringing throughout. The fans were rewarded for the support as Didier Drogba made an impact for the Ivorians after coming off the bench. He immediately set up Gervinho who couldn’t pull of a meaningful shot.

But Ivory Coast did get a breakthrough in the 64th minute when Winfried Bony headed the ball home for the equalizer. The turnaround was complete two minutes later when Gervinho gave Ivory Coast the lead in the 68th minute with another header.

The pace of the game slowed down as both teams seemed to tire, and Ivory Coast were able to hold onto their lead to register the first win for Africa in this year’s world cup. May It be the first of many.

By Farren Collins


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