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Greece vs Ivory Coast

Greece vs Ivory Coast, Ipswich Football

Greece vs Ivory Coast

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Greece vs Ivory Coast

A real surprise that Greece got through the group.  They played their socks off in this match though and deserved the win.

They hit the woodwork two or three times and really pushed the Ivory Coast players to the max.  Samaras scored the opening goal on the 42nd minute to give Greek hearts some hope.

Then in the 74th minute Wilfried Bony scored a powerful shot to put the Ivory Coast on their way to the last 16, for the first time.

The game continued with some pace as both teams looked fit but Greece kept on coming and in the 90th minute they were awarded a penalty.  A bit of a soft one for me as it was more an accidental coming together but it did impede the shot.

Then came Samaras who hadn’t scored for his country in a few years until tonight and he bagged a brace.  A HUGE goal for Greece but they were the better team.

Hard luck for the Ivory Coast team, especially given the Toure brothers loss.  Kalou looked OK in parts and not even Drogba, their outstanding captain could see them through.  On paper they were a good collection of players and they must be disappointed to be going home.

It ended Greece vs Ivory Coast (2-1).