Group C came to a close in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday evening, with both Greece and Ivory Coast still able to make the last 16 ahead of their clash in Fortaleza.
At half-time, Greece led 1-0, enough to put them through to the last 16 after Andreas Samaris scored just a few moments before the break. Things switched in the second half when Wilfried Bony levelled the game, putting Ivory Coast back up to second place. But Georgios Samaras netted an injury-time penalty to give Greece a 2-1 win and send them through to the knockout stage.
|Greece Player Ratings|
GRE first-half analysis
Karnezis: Injured early on, subbed.
Torosidis: Hasn't been troubled by Kalou more than once.
Manolas: Solid defensively, tight on Drogba.
Sokratis: Brought the ball out well on occasions.
Holebas: Unlucky not to score, getting forward regularly.
Maniatis: Not hugely involved, but counter-attacked well once.
Kone: Subbed early on with injury.
Karagounis: Pressing in midfield but needs to be better on the ball.
Salpingidis: Off the ball movement is good.
Samaras: Languid, unhurried style has opened up chances for his team.
Lazaros: Not really having an impact.
Samaris: Has scored what could be a vital goal.
Glykos: Comfortable in goal after coming on.
GRE second-half analysis
Glykos: Made two standard saves, took ball well in the air.
Torosidis: Almost scored off a mis-hit cross. Dealt well with Kalou.
Manolas: Excellent, dependable, not bullied by forwards.
Sokratis: Defended well throughout, caught deep just once for the goal.
Holebas: Stunning as an offensive wing-back, breaking forward at pace.
Karagounis: Thunderous shot almost broke the crossbar.
Maniatis: Some very well-timed tackles.
Samaris: Lots of work off the ball, created chances.
Salpingidis: Nice support play, worked channels well.
Samaras: Cool as you like with late penalty.
Lazaros: Had a couple of chances, could have done better.
Gekas: Little time, no impact.
|Ivory Coast Player Ratings|
CIV first-half analysis
Barry: Beaten twice, one off the bar, one in.
Aurier: Getting forward well as usual.
K Toure: Decent defensively so far.
Bamba: Gambled and lost, big time, for the goal.
Boka: A good out-ball for CIV but needs end product.
Tiote: Horror-show mistake for the goal.
Serey: Not dominant, lost the ball in poor areas.
Y Toure: Overhit pass for a Drogba chance and one great run of his own.
Kalou: Alternately poor and inventive.
Drogba: Working hard, but no chance to finish.
Gervinho: Looked lively, but no end product.
CIV second-half analysis
Barry: Barely made a save, had his woodwork to thank three times.
Aurier: Not as much of an impact in the second half.
K Toure: Defended well, had little protection.
Bamba: Awkward, panicked and incapable.
Boka: Didn't have as much room or time to attack as in first half.
Tiote: Poor and subbed.
Serey: Worked hard and chased back well during the counter-attacks.
Y Toure: Far from his best, not good enough.
Kalou: Selfish at a critical moment.
Drogba: Couldn't have the impact he wanted. Low key overall and injured late on.
Gervinho: Poor game.
Bony: His one moment in the box brought a goal.
Diomande: Not involved.
Sio: Came on, ran about, conceded the penalty to knock his side out.
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