Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1: Player ratings as Arsenal target impresses again

Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1: Player ratings as Georgios Samaras nets dramatic 92nd-minute winner from spot

Greece
2
Ivory Coast
1

Greece

Orestis Karnezis Had to be replaced in the 23rd minute after picking up a lower back injury. Didn’t have a save to make despite Ivory Coast threatening. N/A

Vassilis Torosidis Was tested by the pace and occasional trickery of Gervinho. The Roma man didn’t track back, though, allowing the Greek full-back to push forward and give the Greeks width. 7/10

Sokratis Papastathopoulos The Borussia Dortmund defender had to be at his best to stop a physical Ivorian side – and he was. Superb reading of the game. 7

Kostas Manolas Recovered well to concede a corner after Drogba and Gervinho combined to unlock the stubborn Greek defence. Manolas was solid alongside Papastathopoulos as the duo produced goal-saving tackle after goal-saving tackle. 8

Jose Holebas Clattered by Drogba in the opening minutes. It didn’t deter the Greece man, though, who looked to venture forward. Was a constant menace on the break. 7

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos His ambitious long-range shot was deflected for a corner. Christodoulopoulos flashed another effort wide in the 52nd minute after his superb feet outwitted the Ivorian defence. 7

Giannis Maniatis Produced a couple of good tackles to stem Ivory Coast counter-attacks. Brilliant tackle to prevent Bony unleashing a volley. 7

Giorgos Karagounis Brushed off the ball easily by Drogba in the opening minutes. The Greece maestro fired a low free-kick straight into Ivory Coast goalkeeper’s grateful arms. Came much closer after the break, though, as the veteran unleashed an outrageous attempt that rattled the Elephants’s crossbar for a second time. 7

Panagiotis Kone Picked up an early knock and had to be replaced. N/A

Dimitris Salpingidis Blocked Yaya Toure’s shot in the first half. Stung the hands of Barry with a powerful second-half strike. Sent a dangerous ball across the Ivory Coast goal in the dying moments. 6

Georgios Samaras Slipped with the goal at his mercy after substitute Samaris hit the crossbar. Willing runner which created space for his team-mates in the centre. Was questioned by former manager Neil Lennon earlier in the tournament, but showed his character to slow away 92nd-minute penalty sealing progress. 8

Substitutes

Andreas Samaris (Man of the match) Brilliant run to leave Toure struggling, driving his effort onto the woodwork. Intercepted Tiote’s awful back pass before slotting past Barry. 8

Panagiotis Glykos The inexperienced Greece goalkeeper could do little about Bony’s goal. 6

Theofanis Gekas N/A

Ivory Coast

Boubacar Barry The Ivory Coast goalkeeper saved well at the feet of Salpingidis. Comfortably collected Karagounis’s free-kick. 6

Serge Aurier With Arsenal reportedly on the brink of a deal for the Ivorian, Arsene Wenger will have been impressed. While Aurier didn’t get forward as much as he would have liked, when he did, his delivery was good. Leaves the World Cup with his reputation enhanced. 7

Kolo Toure The older Toure brother showed his diminishing pace as Samaris hit the crossbar. Doesn’t look comfortable at this level any more. 5

Souleymane Bamba Sloppy pass almost cost Ivory Coast in the 16th minute. Looked a liability in the Ivory Coast backline. 6

Arthur Boka Won possession for the Ivorians but delivery was lacking. 6

Serey Die Quiet performance. Deservedly booked for a tug on breaking Holebas. 5

Cheick Tiote Tiote looked to break up the frequent Greek attacks in the first half. No surprise that he conceded a couple of free-kicks in the process, but it was his concession of possession which led to Samaris’s goal. Replaced in the 60th minute. 4

Salomon Kalou Poor pass as Yaya Toure sought to break past the Greece defence. Came to life towards the end of the first half as he looked to set up Gervinho. Too selfish at times. 5

Yaya Toure The Manchester City man had a tough week off the field following the death of his brother. It was heavyweight against lightweight in midfield as Toure faced Karagounis. It was a muted performance as he missed a number of chances including a breakaway opportunity at the end. With hindsight, may rue not taking the ball to the corner. 6

Gervinho Started more like the striker at Arsenal than the in-form Ivory Coast forward that we have seen at this World Cup. Disappointing performance but did provide the assist for Bony’s goal. 6

Didier Drogba Bundled Karagounis over before clattering Jose Holebas. For such a big striker, Drogba produced a subtle flick to release Gervinho. Didn’t have the pace to collect an over-hit pass. Received a rousing reception. 6

Substitutes

Wilfried Bony Initially struggled following his introduction, but the Swansea strike was composed to score his second World Cup goal and crucially, level. 6

Ismael Diomande N/A

Giovanni Sio Gave away the penalty which led to Samaras’s winner. 4

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