June 14, 2014 11:02 pm

WORLD CUP: Cote d’Ivoire downs Japan 2-1

Ivory Coast's Gervinho (10) celebrates along with teammate Didier Drogba (11) after Gervinho scored his side's second goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Ivory Coast and Japan.

(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

 

 

 

RECIFE, Brazil – Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday.

 

Drogba, who had been carrying an injury, came on in the 62nd minute when his team was losing 1-0.

 

The talismanic striker’s arrival immediately lifted the Ivory Coast team and Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored with headers two minutes apart. Both goals were set up by curling crosses from defender Serge Aurier.

 

Coach Sabri Lamouchi’s inspired substitution negated Keisuke Honda’s first half goal that had given Japan the lead in a group that also includes Colombia and Greece. Colombia beat Greece 3-0 earlier on Saturday.

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