2014 World Cup Preview: Ivory Coast vs. Greece

By Aydin Reyhan
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The Ivory Coast defeated Japan to commence their World Cup campaign but then lost by the same score against Colombia in their next game. Now, they host Greece who only have one point after losing to Colombia 3-0 then drawing in a scoreless match against Japan.

The Ivorians could have drawn Colombia at worst when they relentlessly attacked after going 2-0 down. Their defense was caught out twice while their offense were unable to generate much going forward. Their best player in that game was Gervinho who had to individually create and score a brilliant goal. Even he is not the answer alone as if he is closed down, he cannot do much.

Once again, the entry of Didier Drogba off the bench added a spark that had everyone playing at another level. Unfortunately, he cannot play at a high level throughout the 90 minutes so putting him in during the second half to give them a boost is the best idea. He is 36 which means he is no longer in the best shape of his life.

Even during the 3-0 loss to Colombia, Greece missed a plethora of chances which made it seem like bad luck was their worst enemy. They kept getting hit on the counter as they were more focused on scoring. As for the game against Japan, they played just as well going forward even with a man down. A point was a great gift after that game. Now, they face a tough Ivory Coast side that are a bit more clutch than they are.

Angelos Samaras has been not been given enough space and time to work down the left flank as opponents know what he can do. Panagiotis Kone is their best midfielder in terms of holding the ball, control, speed and the ability to push forward alone to create some magic. He will have to be one of the main targets when looking to go forward. As for striker Kostas Mitroglou, he needs to be in top shape if he to start over the hungry veteran, Theofanis Gekas. 

Prediction: Ivory Coast 2, Greece 1

The African nation is going to create quite a bit of magic and score twice to show for it. Greece will finally score their first goal but will be unable to overcome a two-goal deficit.


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