Ivory Coast v Japan: Ivory Coast player ratings - Drogba changes the game

Didier Drogba Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast came from behind to beat Japan 2-1 in Recife, and here are the ratings for Sabri Lamouchi's side...

Boubacar Barry 6 – some shaking handling from the goalkeeper, but he had little chance with Keisuke Honda's goal.

Serge Aurier 8 – defensively, Aurier had trouble, particularly in the first half; but his impact at the other end of the pitch was huge, putting in two sublime crosses for two goals in two minutes to turn the game on its head.

Didier Zokora 7 – looked out of place at centre back in the first half, but the former Tottenham man settled down to impress in the second period.

Sol Bamba 6 – horrendous distribution, and whilst he looked susceptible throughout, he did dominate in the air.

Arthur Boka 7 – dealt well with the threat of Shinji Okazaki, and got forward well to support Salomon Kalou down the left hand side before being taken off injured.

Geoffroy Serey Die 6 – kept things neat and tidy in possession, and served his role as something of a destroyer well without ever really influencing the game.

Cheick Tiote 8 – dictated play in midfield, held in front of the back four and broke play up superbly in a great display from the Newcastle man.

Yaya Toure 6 – didn't look his usual swashbuckling self, and was pressed into a more defensive role after Die was substituted.

Salomon Kalou 5 – had very limited impact on the game, contriving to miss a free header in the first half with the goal gaping.

Wilfried Bony 7 – missed a couple of good chances before planting a great header into the corner to get Ivory Coast back into the game.

Gervinho 6 – notched the crucial winning goal, but his decision making let him down on a number of occasions to halt Ivorian attacks.

Substitutes

Didier Drogba 8 – just his sheer presence on the field seemed to terrify the Japanese defence, and he was unlucky not to score in his time on the pitch.

Constant Djakpa – N/A

Didier Ya Konan – N/A

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