Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored the goals to earn Ivory Coast a 2-1 comeback win over Japan on Saturday after Keisuke Honda opened the scoring in Recife.
A spirited Japan side started the first half strongly with Honda scoring a peach of a goal, while Alberto Zaccheroni's men were disciplined defensively and well organized positionally.
As the game wore on, however, Ivory Coast grabbed a stranglehold of the proceedings as their East Asian opponents began to tire. Didier Drogba's introduction midway through the second half galvanized the African side and unsurprisingly led to their two quickfire goals.
Here are six things we learned from Ivory Coast's battle with Japan on Saturday.