2014 FIFA World Cup: Greece vs Ivory Coast - As it happened...


Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly



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FULL TIME: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast


Samaras scores it. heartbreak for Ivory Coast.

90+2' - PENALTY TO GREECE. Samaras earn a penalty. Very controversial call from the ref. There will be multiple debates about this.


89'- Ivory Coast should have scored. They had 2 on 2. Yaya's heavy touch squandered that chance.

86'- Salpingidis gets behind the defensive and sends a ball across the face of the goal. Nobody gets a touch. That was a brilliant ball.

85'- Ivory Coast on the counter with Kalou bursting forward has two players to his right. His pass is cut out and cleared for a corner. That was a good chance for CIV.

83'- Lazaros comes close with the keeper diving to his right. The ball goes wide off the post with the keeper not having to make a save.

81'- Gervinho has been taken off. Sio replaces him.

79'- Salpingidis fires in a cross from the right. It goes out for a goal-kick by crashing into the post. Looks like the keeper had it covered.

76'- What a cracking finish we are headed for. Greece need a goal to go through. Ivory Coast need just the draw.

Bony slides the ball in for the equalizer. Gervinho with the perfect low grounded cross from the left. 1-1.


72'- Greece are looking devastating on the counter. They are fast and break forward in numbers. They look like they have goal in them as Ivory Coast go for an equalizer.

70'- Manolas with a lung bursting run. He has a player each to his right and left. Die brings him down and gets booked for his troubles.

68'- OFF THE WOODWORK! Karagounis, the workhorse smashed the ball from distance. The keeper stood there as the ball bounced back off the crossbar.

66'- Kalou sneaks in between two defenders on the left and cuts in towards the box. He curls the ball toward the far post, but his effort is wide.

64'- Gervinho has not been able to take on the left back and put in quality balls. The service for Drogba is lacking.

Cheikh Tiote has been taken off for Wilfried Bony.

62'- Greece on the counter had 2 on 2. Salomon Kalou brings down Salpingidis who was in a good position and had another player for support. Yellow card to Kalou. Free-kick to Greece.

58'- Salpingidis whizzes one from outside the box. Barry manages to block it.

57'- The problem for Ivory Coast is too may attacking players are looking to walk the ball into the net. Too many passes.

55'- Drogba switches positions and picks up the ball on the left flank. His cross is straight to the keeper.

53'- Lazaros twists and turns as he races towards the box and strikes the ball from the outside of his foot. The ball is wide of the upright. Good effort.

51'- Ivory Coast have been wasteful with their balls in the final third. They need to be more accurate to have any chance of getting back into this match.

49'- Ivory hit forward in numbers. Toure to Gervinho on the right, who sets up the ball for the on coming Tiote. His shot is straight at the keeper.

48'- Cross came in from the right side of Ivory Coast. It was a well floated delivery that has both Drogba and the keeper going for it. The forward clattered into the keeper in an attempt to head it. Ref called a foul on him.

46'- Here we go again...

If it stays like this, Greece will be in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ivory Coast can have their say in the next 45 minutes.

HALF TIME: Greece 1-0 Ivory Coast


44'- Yaya Toure gets in the box, turns in his marker, his shot ricochets off Maniatis. Greece clear.

43'- This was the first goal scored by Greece at this World Cup. It may be enough send them though.

42'- Tiote was caught in possession inside the Ivory Coast half. Samaras was unselfish as he passed the ball to Samaris who slotted the ball coolly inside the back of the net.


40'- Kalou with some fancy footwork in the box. He has his marker beaten and manages to square it for his teammates in the middle. Defense clears in time.

38'- The rhythm of this match has been halted by breaks due to injuries and fouls. Stop start. Stop start. Hope it gains some momentum now.

36'- Drogba's heavy challenge earns him a yellow.

34'- Free-kick to Greece. Karagounis fires in a low drive. The keeper had to bend down on his knees and collect the ball, which he did.

32'- OFF THE BAR! Cholevas striker the cross from a shot outside the box. He was fed by Samaras after a corner for Ivory Coast was cleared by the Greece defense. What a fast counter.

29'- Yaya Toure has been playing in a more withdrawn role, very different from City. He needs to get more involved.

26'- Something needs to give in here. May be Didier Drogba need to do something special to to raise the roof in Fortaleza.

23'- Bad news for Greece. Their number one goalkeeper has picked up an injury and is coming off. Orestis Karnezis off. On comes Panagiotis Glykos.

20'- We have hit the 20 minute mark. As things the Africans will join Colombia in the next round.

18'- Colombia have taken the lead in the other match of Group C. They lead Japan by a goal courtesy a Juan Cuadrado penalty.

16'- Salpingidis on the right for Greece, with many players for company. Unfortunately, his cross is over cooked.

14'- Boubacar Barry is alert to the danger as he comes out quickly to collect the cross that was almost perfectly met by the strikers feet.

12'- Substitution for Greece as they take off Panagiotis Kone and bring on Andreas Samaris.

9'- Lovely football from the Ivory Coast. Gervinho and Drogba involved in link up play as the Roma forward makes a dash towards the goal. Manolas tracks back and concedes a corner

6'- Kalou leads the charge and finds Gervinho on the wing. The wingers makes a mess of the ball as Yaya arrives for help but the ball is dealt with by Greece.

3'- Ivory Coast are making their intentions clear here. They are on the attack immediately.

1'- Here we go...

Team line-ups for the match:

Ivory Coast: Barry; Aurier, Kolo Touré, Bamba, Boka; Tioté, Yaya Touré, Serey, Kalou, Gervinho, Drogba.

Greece: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas

Greece take on Ivory Coast in a Group C game between at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Yaya Toure, who recently lost his brother may start as a holding midfielder in this match. The Africans could start with Salomon Kalou as a main striker.

Greek legend Giorgos Karagounis will earn his 138th cap. He has not been given a start by the head coach so far. A win for Ivory Coast will secure their place in the Round of 16. Things are a bit more complicated for Greece, as even a win does not assure them qualification as other results will determine their progress.

Ivory Coast will hope, their key players like Toure and Gervinho will hit form and deliver the goods, taking them through to the next round. This match is bound to be one of the most exciting matches in this World Cup.

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