Greece vs. Ivory Coast: Live Player Ratings

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

Greece's Giorgos Samaras celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the group C World Cup soccer match between Greece and Ivory Coast at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

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

Greece Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Orestis Karnezisn/an/a
Vasilis Torosidis66
Kostas Manolas78
Sokratis Papastathopoulos78
Jose Holebas79
Giannis Maniatis67
Panagiotis Konen/an/a
Giorgos Karagounis67
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos56
Giorgos Samaras78
Dimitris Salpingidis56
Andreas Samaris77
Panagiotis Glykos66
Theofanis Gekasn/a6
b/r

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

Ivory Coast Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Boubacar Barry64
Serge Aurier77
Kolo Toure77
Sol Bamba54
Arthur Boka76
Cheick Tiote44
Serey Dia55
Yaya Toure65
Salomon Kalou65
Didier Drogba65
Gervinho65
Wilfried Bonyn/a7
Ismael Diomanden/a6
Giovanni Sion/a5
b/r

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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