Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1: Player ratings as Chelsea legend stars

Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1: Player ratings as the Elephants recover to stun Japan at Arena Pernambuco

Ivory Coast
2
Japan
1

Ivory Coast

Boubacar Barry Looked edgy at times, not least from set-pieces when cast under pressure. 4/10

Arthur Boka Charged up the field well and would have had a fine assist to his name, only for Kalou to spurn the resulting effort over. 5

Sol Bamba Fine challenge to deny Honda making it 2-0, though left himself out-of-position on several occasions. 5

Didier Zokora Fine start from the experienced international, though he seemed to struggle after the interval. 5

Serge Aurier Disappointing first half but the Arsenal target helped turned the game on its head with two inch-perfect crosses from the right. 6

Serey Die Very energetic and looked to make things happen when in possession of the ball. He was replaced after fading out of the match. 6

Yaya Toure Slow start from the in-form Manchester City man but he soon came to life and was unlucky not to have won a penalty following a trademark run. 6

Cheick Tiote Went about his business fairly quietly and although not as involved as he would have liked, the 27-year-old created space in the midfield area for his team-mates. 5

Gervinho Fine performance from the Roma forward, capped off with the all important header which put the African nation 2-1 up. 5
Salomon Kalou Provided his side with the desired movement but failed to trouble the Japan goal twice, including a golden opportunity just before the break. 5

Wilfried Bony Should have scored in the first half. However, the Swansea hitman persisted and levelled the match with a fine header into the bottom corner. 5

Substitutes

Didier Drogba (Man of the match) Changed the game after coming on – the Japan defence had no idea of how to cope with him. 7

Constant Djakpa Brought on to steady the ship, and did just that. 5

Didier Ya Konan Tried to get involved but did not have enough time to get into the match. 5

Japan

Eiji Kawashima At fault for Ivory Coast’s second goal after allowing the ball to trickle past his outstretched hand. 4

Yuto Nagatomo Did not show the attacking prowess he has displayed while at Inter Milan. Nevertheless, he remained fairly solid at the back. 5

Masato Morishige Great display of leadership in the heart of the defence and could prove to be a key factor in whether the team progress to the knockout stages. 6

Maya Yoshida Partnered Morishige well for the most part but seemed to get away with a penalty shout when he brought down Toure. 5

Atsuto Uchida Worked tirelessly and looked calm on the ball in the first half before he faded out of the match. 5

Makoto Hasebe Almost, and possibly should of, got on the scoresheet with a low drive when the ball fell kindly to him, only to shoot wide. 5

Hotaru Yamaguchi Did not offer his team enough options in the key areas, especially as they chased the match. 4

Shinji Kagawa Showed moments of brilliance with his technical ability and flair but ran out of ideas and was replaced late on. 6

Keisuke Honda Unstoppable left-footed strike to give his side the lead and could have doubled his tally, though his shot was finely blocked. Unlucky to be on the losing side. 6

Shinji Okazaki Offered his team-mates something different, and at times looked like causing danger in and around Ivory Coast’s box. 5

Yuya Osako Was isolated for the most part but kept persisting in his bid to give his team another dimension up the field. 5

Substitutes

Yasuhito Endo Took the captain’s armband when he came on but struggled to get involved. 5

Yoichiro Kakitani Like Endo, did not get himself in the thick of things as his team longed for a leveller. 5

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