World Cup pre-game: Ivory Coast vs. Greece
Both teams need a win to advance to Round of 16
Group C: Ivory Coast.vs. Greece
- 4 pm ET, Tuesday, June 24
- CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
Greece has to win and Japan has to lose if the Greeks are to hit the Round of 16 for their first time at the World Cup. The Ivorian football federation has said it will double an undisclosed cash bonus to players if they defeat Greece.
For Ivory Coast, it's as simple as win and you're in. Greece needs to win and then hope for some help.
These teams have never played each other.
Greece. Georgios Samaras. This striker has four shots on net, and his country’s first goal in Brazil may come off his foot in this next match.
Ivory Coast. Didier Drogba. He still hasn’t started a game. And this will be his last World Cup tournament. He’s a huge presence and a big-impact player on and off the bench.
What to watch for
Sabri Lamouchi said he wasn't planning any major changes to his starting lineup — which means he’s still planning to bring Didier on in the second half.
The Greeks need better ball control and some goals.
They said it
“We need to find a way to put the Ivorians under pressure.” — Fernando Santos, Greece’s manager, speaking to FIFA.com
“We made a few untimely errors and paid a heavy price.” — Sabri Lamouchi, manager for Ivory Coast, speaking to FIFA.com about their 2-1 loss to Colombia.
The big number
3 — All of Ivory Coast’s goals have come from open play, as opposed to set pieces. They are fast and effective when playing as a tight team.
Obligatory fun fact
Greece is the first team in World Cup history to be blanked seven times in eight matches. Mind you, its draw against Japan was its first World Cup shutout.