Newcastle Player Gets Off To Winning Start In World Cup

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 15, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Some of you are being too hard on yourselves! England did alright I think, Italy is a great side and a team that basically can go all the way.

    …England lacked pace and a little more conviction. It’s there you just need to show it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Wonderful watching Costa Rica and Columbia spending the full 90 mins going forward and attacking.

    They were both an absolute joy to watch, playing without fear and thinking more about that they could do to the opposition.

    Totally alien to the negative anti football s—e we see from Pardew. Imagine what we would have seen had he been in charge of either country!

    Liked the look of Cuadrado more than Ibarbo for me though.

  • Lost Plot

    Jun 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Yer right England played very well against what’s trademarked the best defence in tournament.

    Would like us to have been bit better at back BUT we threatened more going forward

    See if we meet again in final

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda…something about Rooney last night got me thinking about Newcastle! Maybe it’s an old school British thing, but it seems we have the same problem with deploying players out wide who have to drop deep and doesn’t like too!

    …I don’t see other Nationalteams doing so unless the play with either a flat four in the middle or with wingbacks!

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Our success in the transfer market last few yrs has only been defensive positions…Cause theyr cheaper…within our 10m bracket…

    Anita,mbiwa,debuchy,haidara….even tiote…

    In attacking positins we have struggled..

    Firstly attacking players are more costly…secondly they move on quicker…and thirdly they flop too easily specially if cheap…

    We have lost Nolan,barton,best,gutherie,cabaye,remy,ba,gosling,shola
    Almost lost marveaux,obertan,benny..
    Leaving us with Gouffran,Cisse,Sissoko…

    Need to reevaluate our attack minded tranafer targets differently…
    Cant buy a def mid for 8m or right back for 7m and say we want attackers for 10m..Also if we move them on so quickly we need to be quicker in the ins…Its all caught up on us…

  • Graeme

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Artful @ 5 – You mean it sounds like an organisation who have no plan and even less idea how to go about it??

    Damn, that sounds just like NUFC, what a coincidence eh!!!!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    I love watching Pirlo play. He’s a joy to watch.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    And a word on England.,,Did remarkably well…very entertaining match..

    Sturridge,sterling,barkley,welbeck are quite similar in style…shd try lambert…or push rooney more upfront..
    And ofcourse No wellbeck on the right…

    Italian rightback Damian was very good…

  • nimo

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    England were very good I felt yesterday just didn’t take there chances.. Ppl say Rooney did nothing all game forget who put it on a plate for Sturbridge to put home

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    I wish someone had a count ..

    Attacking players IN (10) – Cabaye,Ba,Remy,Obertan,Marveaux, Sissoko,Gouffran, DeJong,Cisse,Amalfitano..
    Attacking players OUT(17) – Nolan,Barton,Cabaye,Ba,Remy,Caroll,Best, Gutherie,Lovenkrands,obertan,gosling,marveaux,benny(almost out those 3), Gutierrez,Shola,DeJong,Amalfitano…

    Look at the difference since we went down and came back up..Numerical difference + No of cheap flops…
    (Left out Abeid)

    Defensive players IN – Mbiwa,Tiote,Hiadara,Elliot,Anita,Debuchy ,Colback,Bigirimana
    Defensive players OUT -Simpson,Enrique,Perch

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    I msu have left out a few…eg Santon 😛

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    So Im not sure whats there to be proud of…

    Defensive players are anyways cheap and our success in attacking players isnt gud…and gud players have been sold…

    Look only at attackers…Its been shambles…jst unfolding season after season..No of players reducing every season…we hit gold with remy ba cabaye…all gone..That too Ba was jst luck, so the release clause…remy loan..

    Financial stability is an illusion…
    Those finance books show a wrong picture…

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Looking forward to watching France in action tonite 😀

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Bony? Bony? Now that name’s familiar.

    Didn’t we make every effort to sign the lad last summer?

    Now why was it we ‘couldn’t get him over the line’?

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jun 15, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    If get Cabella, Ings, Lasonga and Tom Ince then we will be grand, look at it Southampton will drop down, Stoke are alright but their best players are Arnautovic, Adam and Obewingie with only Arnautovic would get in our team. Everton are in the Europa League and are very overrated so we could take over them and with Tottenham you never know. Possibly top 6 with luck but top 8 is more than possible. The only team I think that might go up a lot is Swansea but Monk isn’t any better than Pardew and our goalkeeper, defence and midfield are better and Bony will leave, Michu will be average again


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