Inspiration Drogba

The introduction of Didier Drogba dragged the beaten and battered Ivory Coast back to life at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife in their opening match of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil against Japan.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

Keisuke Honda of AC Milan opened the scoring for the Japanese 16 minutes into the first half  and Ivory Coast lost shape and all inspiration.

They limped the entire 20 minutes of the first half after Honda’s goal.

The look of defeat was written on the faces of the Ivorians as they battled to find inspiration at the soaked Arena Pernambuco.

Their captain Yaya Touré of Manchester City looked more frustrated than inspired. Even as they press forward Japan seemed to absorb their attack with ease and managing to further fuel the frustrations of the Ivorians.

Towards the 60th minute Drogba stood up and the entire arena came to life, the Ivory Coast players on the pitch seemed to push forward harder and with more conviction.

On the 62nd minute Drogba came in for Die Serey and just 2 minutes later on the 64th minute Wilfried Bony scored and 2 minutes later on the 66th minute Gervinho scored.

Suddenly it was Japan who looked dejected and disillusioned, Drogba continued to provide inspiration going forward and further squeezing the Japanese by threatening their goal.

The match finished 2-1, Ivory Coast securing a rare win at the World Cup.

In an earlier match, Italy edged out England by 2-1.



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