Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote played the whole game for the Ivory Coast in the late game last night, as the African country managed to come back from a goal behind in the first half with two second half goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho, to make a winning start against Japan.
Wilfried Bony scores Ivory Coast’s equalizer
Group C is interesting for England because the top two in each group player each other in the round of the last sixteen, so the winners of England’s Group D play the runners-up of Group C and vice versa.
With Colombia getting a good 3-0 win against Greece in the earlier Group C game it could be either Colombia or Ivory Coast that England get into the knockout rounds, if England can finish in the top two in our group.
Japan went ahead after only 16 minutes with a goal from top player Keisuke Honda, and it wasn’t until the 62nd minute, just after 36 year-old Didier Drogba had been brought on as a substitute, that Ivory Coast equalized through former Newcastle target Wilfried Bony, and Cheick was involved in the build up to the goal.
And then two minutes later former Arsenal forward and Newcastle target Gervinho scored the winner.
Japan were the better side in the first half but Ivory Coast improved in the second half, especially after Drogba was brought on, and did enough to get a good first win in their group.