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Bony, Gervinho Secure Victory For Elephants

World Cup

Group B

Result: Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

Date: 14 June 2014

Venue: Arena Pernambuco

Ivory Coast came from a goal down to beat Japan 2-1 in their Group B encounter at Arena Pernambuco.

Second half goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinhho ensured the Elephants the win, which sees the go second in the group standings, behind Colombia on goal difference.

Wilfried Bony was presented with the first chance of the game in the fifth minute, but the striker's effort deflected just over the crossbar, after being played in by Gervinho.

Keisuke Honda opened the scoring for Japan in the 16th minute with a fine left-footed volley from the edge of the area.

Four minutes later and Uchida nearly doubled the lead, the fullback dribbled past one challenge before unleashing a left-footed strike that was palmed away by Barry.

That was as good as it good in the first half, as the Japanese defence stood firm against the Elephants attack.

Solomon Kalou came close in the 58th minute as the Ivorian winger fires just wide from 20-yards out.

The Ivorians were eventually rewarded for their dominance in the 64th minute as Wilfried Bony headed home Serge Aurier's delightful cross.

Just a minute later and Ivory Coast were ahead, this time an unmarked Gervinho headed in at the near post, after being picked out by Aurier.

Didier Drogba came close to adding a third in the 81st minute but the striker's powerful free-kick produced a fine save from Kawashima.

Despite a late surge from the Japanese, the Ivorians stood firm and managed to hold on for the win,

 

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