Drogba Inspires Ivory Coast To 2-1 Win Over Japan - Abc News

October 1, 2014

PHOTO: Ivory Coasts Gervinho (10) celebrates with teammate Didier Drogba (11) after scoring his sides second goal during the World Cup soccer match between Ivory Coast and Japan in Recife, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. It's important for me to add an advantage to the team." Lamouchi said it wasn't easy for him to leave Drogba on the bench from the start, but credited Drogba for the way he handled the decision. "To see the joy he experienced at the end of the match ... I am convinced he's a champion and we need him," Lamouchi said. Now the Ivory Coast is in good shape to advance to the second round for the first time. Next up is Colombia, the group leader by virtue of goal difference. That match is Thursday, as is Japan's next test against Greece. "We have to keep morale high because we know we can play better," Zaccheroni said. Japan had the better of the play in the first half, taking the lead through Honda's hard left-footed strike from about 12 yards in the 16th minute. Yuto Nagatomo slid a pass across the edge of the penalty area to Honda, who settled the ball cleanly with his right foot before belting his 21st career international goal under the cross bar company website and inside the near celebs post.
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