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+12 Kneesy does it: Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho celebrates with Didier Drogba after putting his side 2-1 up
Headers by Wilfried Bony and Gervinho simply ninety eight seconds apart ensured Cote d'Ivoire got off to a winning begin at the world Cup with a come-from-behind triumph over Japan in recife.
The Elephants left captain Didier Drogba out of the Starting line-up however it absolutely was his arrival off the bench when after hour that coincided with the African country finally changing their probabilities.
Japan's star player Keisuke Honda had place them ahead with an impressive strike after sixteen minutes and, as Cote d'Ivoire continuing to miss chance after chance, it appeared their bid to qualify for the knockout stage for the primary time would take an early hit as Colombia had overwhelmed Greece in group C earlier in the day.
However, Drogba's introduction gave their opponents one thing else to admit and, whereas they were doing that, Bony then Gervinho both nipped in to convert crosses from right-back material Aurier - a rumored target for Arsenal once they lost Bacary Sagna to Manchester city in the week.
Despite sixty five goals in one hundred and one appearances for his country, the supernatural veteran striker was left on the bench as Swansea's Bony - eleven years his junior - was most popular up front, and an early shot deflected wide instructed that will encourage be the correct call.
However, having been afforded so much an excessive amount of time simply within the penalty space, AC Milan midfielder Honda shifted the ball from his right to left foot before drilling an endeavor within a stationary Boubacar Barry's right-hand post.
Atsuto Uchida ought to have created it 2-0 once cutting in from the correct however opted to travel for goal and shot straight at the goalkeeper with team-mates well placed within the middle.
Ivory Coast, with Manchester town midfielder Yaya Toure captaining the side however plainly not at his best after sick from a hamstring injury, stepped up the pressure however did not take a look at goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, with salomon Kalou heading over from six yards simply before the break.
Either side of Bony creating a mess of 2 headers early within the last half, Toure seemed to be brought down by Maya Yoshida however no penalty was awarded.
+12 Back in the game: Bony heads home to put Ivory Coast on level terms
+12 Here we go: Bony celebrates with this team-mates Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou after making it 1-1
+12 Pick that one out: Keisuke Honda fires Japan ahead in the first half
+12 Pick that one out: Honda fires Japan ahead in the first half of the game
+12 Celebration time: Honda is congratulated by team-mates after his goal With frustration growing, Drogba was introduced and, within six minutes, his side were ahead - although the former Chelsea striker, who immediately teed up Gervinho for a half-chance, was not involved.Bony equalised in 65th minute with a glancing header, before the former Arsenal forward beat Kawashima all too easily at his near post to stun the Japanese.
+12 On the charge: Yaya Toure looks to get forward and avoids the challenges of two players
+12 On the attack: Ivory Coast try and break down the Japan defence at Arena Pernambuco
+12 Stuck in the middle with you: Ivory Coast's forward Salomon Kalou vies with Japan's forward Shinji Okazaki
+12 Heads up: Toure and Yuya Osako compete for the ball