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Ivory Coast vs. Japan: Goals and Highlights from Group C Match

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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterDecember 25, 2016

Ivory Coast earned a hard-fought 2-1 comeback win over Japan in their opening Group C clash. 

Keisuke Honda gave Japan an early lead in their Group D clash against the Ivory Coast with a thundering strike in the 16th minute. 

The AC Milan man fired a powerful shot with his left foot to the top corner of the net.

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Les Elephants equalised in the 63rd minute behind a headed goal from Wilfried Bony. 

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Shortly after, in nearly an identical situation—cross from the right side swung in—Ivory Coast took the lead with a neatly headed goal from former Arsenal man Gervinho. 

Gervinho

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Japan will look to rebound next against Greece on Thursday and Ivory Coast will face Colombia with a place atop the group on the line. 

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