Brazil World Cup 2014 Schedule: Group C Fixtures. Ivory Coast vs. Japan. With Colombia’s irrefutable victory against Greece, the Ivory Coast vs. Japan game appeared to be decisive to determine which side goes onto the next round. If that is the case, it’s good news for Ivory Coast who came back from behind to win the game.
Japan scored first and dominated the first half. The goal came in virtually the first attack from Japan with Shinji Okazaki creating pandemonium in the Ivory Coast penalty box as he got his toes on a corner and managed to go ahead from the ensuing scramble. Yuto Nagatomo’s pass to the AC Milan player Keisuke Honda ‘s second touch of the ball sent it to the back of the net.
Japan comes to Brazil World Cup 2014 Schedule: Group C Fixtures with a FIFA ranking of 46.
: Japan created its first professional football league in 1993. Teh Brazil World Cup 2014 is their 5th consecutive World Cup. They’ve also hosted the World Cup in 2002. Though the Japan team has added a wealth of foreign knowledge of the game and work ethic, they are still behind in terms of knock out stage experience.”
Japan was the first to qualify for the World Cup for Brazil World Cup from the Asia group with a 4 point lead over Australia. Honda was the top scorer with 5 goals.
Ivory Coast has a FIFA Ranking of 12. They have been unfortunate n the World Cup from 2006-2010. They were drawn into the ‘Group of Death’ and came out third on both occasions. The Tore bros., Kolao and Yaya along with Didier Drogba are determined to do well in what may appear to be their last appearance.
Ivory Coast is one of two countries to complete the qualifying rounds in Africa with the other being Nigeria. In the playoffs, they defeated Senegal 5-3 on aggregate.