Ivory Coast Must Not Get Carried Away with Japan Victory

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Ivory Coast Must Not Get Carried Away with Japan Victory
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The World Cup delivered another fascinating tie as the Ivory Coast and Japan met in Recife.

The Blue Samurai opened the scoring, as Keisuke Honda profited from some slack defending to fire home a rocket from close range.

Sabri Lamouchi tweaked things in the second half, however, and the Ivorians gradually turned the match back their way. Goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho, during an intense, sharp and glorious period of play, put the Elephants in the driving seat.

They never looked back as Japan, stunned by their losing the initiative, wilted.

For the first time in their history, the West African side have begun a World Cup with a win. They now look well-placed to claim a spot in the second round.

Despite the positives, however, which are explored in this piece, there are some causes for caution following their 2-1 victory.

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