World Cup - Last time they met: Ivory Coast v Japan

Didier Drogba Ivory Coast

Tonight's Group C encounter will see Ivory Coast face Japan for just the fourth time, but what was the result last time they met?

The late game tonight will see a strong Ivory Coast take on the always dangerous Japan in Group C, and the Elephants will be hoping for the same outcome as their match four years ago.

They met in a friendly before the 2010 World Cup and the African side proved too strong on that occasion, winning 2-0 in Switzerland under former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

An own-goal from Marcus Tulio Tanaka and a Kolo Toure tap-in saw Ivory Coast win their first game against Japan after losing 1-0 in both previous encounters.

Seven players from the Ivory Coast starting lineup that day have made the World Cup squad this time around, as they look to get out of the group for the first time in what is their third attempt.

Japan have also taken seven players from the starting xi that lost four years ago but will need to get a result if they are to stand a good chance of getting out of a competitive Group C.

They have made it to the round of 16 twice in their four tournaments so far and will want to at least match that this year.

Playmakers Keisuke Honda and Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa will need to create the chances to break down a well-organised Ivory Coast side that were unbeaten in qualifying for the World Cup.

Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure will be key to the Elephants' success in their third consecutive World Cup, and tonight's meeting should be a closely-contested match that will go a long way to deciding who makes it out of the group.

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