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Injury time penalty sends Ivory Coast out of World Cup

Published on: 24 June 2014
Ivory Coast are out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Giorgios Samaras converted a penalty against Ivory Coast three minutes into added time to send Greece to the FIFA World Cup round of 16 for the first time in their history.

Fernando Santos's side looked to be heading home as the game moved beyond 90 minutes, Wilfried Bony's 74th-minute strike having undone some superb work from Greece after Andreas Samaris's 43rd-minute strike crowned a committed and canny showing.

However, Giovanni Sio was penalised for impeding Samaras in the box, and the Celtic FC forward showed glacial calm to clip his spot kick inside Boubacar Barry's right-hand post.

Greece had showed fortitude in Fortaleza, after first Panagiotis Kone and then goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis were forced to go off injured in the first half. Ivory Coast were more stylish, but Greece showed real verve on the counter.

José Holebas drove brilliantly against the crossbar on 34 minutes, and substitute Samaris went one better, pouncing to dispossess Cheick Tioté after a weak touch and swiftly exchanging passes with Samaras before racing into the box to fire low past Barry.

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos fired wide and Dimitris Salpingidis stung Barry's palms with a shot from distance early in the second half but the most heroic work was being done by the Greek defence, with Kostas Manolas putting in a typically brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny Salomon Kalou as he raced through on goal.

With Ivory Coast abandoning their inhibitions, space opened up on the break, Giorgos Karagounis setting the crossbar shuddering again with a mighty drive from distance.

However, they were undone in an instant, a quick ball into the box and a neat pull-back from Gervinho setting up Swansea City AFC striker Bony to stroke the ball past replacement goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos. Greece did not buckle, though, with Samaras's goal providing a storybook ending.


This article has 22 comment(s), give your comment
  • Boro says:
    June 24, 2014 10:34 pm
    Oh Ivory Coast yet another disappointment again. In the past we have always said they have not been lucky of their groups so we all were confidence that they will qualify this time around because their group looked manageable. However another AYEWIC has caused them another failure when at the latter part of the match what Kalou needed to do was a simple square pass when the score line stood at 1-1 but did what is onvious with most of Africans players UNNECESSARILY SELFISH or AYEWIC
  • Tor says:
    June 24, 2014 10:52 pm
    The most overrated team in Africa. I don't understand why CI always disappoint. If they couldn't make it out of this group then I don't know when they can make any impact at this stage again. I wasn't impressed with their game at all. Their coach made a big mistake by starting Drogba.
  • LIPOHungary says:
    June 24, 2014 10:57 pm
    It is hightime to Africa to think about !!! What a shame !!! I am so dissapointed, I cannot belive anymore in african football. Haters, racist and soft-racist maybe have right: african teams are brainless.
  • banger says:
    June 24, 2014 11:02 pm
  • Kojo says:
    June 24, 2014 11:04 pm
    That's was not a penalty. All the same, you never put yourself in that situation for the ref.
  • Blow says:
    June 24, 2014 11:21 pm
    This curse is from Mamadou Gaye!
  • anokwale says:
    June 24, 2014 11:23 pm
    There is simply a lack of confidence in African soccer. Even Costa Rica has avoided defeat against the big teams. I think that all African teams need to start recruiting the younger generation that is growing up in Europe and even North America who will bring a bit more confidence to the team. What I saw with Ivory Coast today was an incredibly talented group with the lack of confidence to understand that they deserved to go out there and dominate.
  • Kpogas says:
    June 25, 2014 12:31 am
    In 2009 under 20 world cup final played in Egypt, a white referee red-carded a Ghanaian player in early minute in order to give way for the Brazilians to win that cup but God be so good, Ghanaians struggled n lifted it for this our continent( #Africa). Secondly, in 2006 world cup played in Germany, a white referee allowed the Brazilians again scored offside goals against Ghanaians wen they were abt to reach quarter finals and eliminated them. Moreover, In South 2010, Ghana was abt to reach Semi Finals and had a goal which a white refree disallowed and awarded Penalty when Suarez caught a ball behind a goal-line. And today too Cotèd'voir.....? What have we, Africans done FIFA? CAF should rise up cos we are no more under slavery and we will never be under slavery again too!
  • Benito says:
    June 25, 2014 12:32 am
    I think the referee was harsh with this last minute penalty,yes the Ivorians failed to take their chances but I have my doubts about this penalty.there is still racism in the game.
  • mikron says:
    June 25, 2014 01:35 am
    ivory coast were simply unlucky, they should ve made the round of 16, they shld ve killed the game in the final minutes but alas they faltered, too bad, i would ve loved to see them, Nigeria (my beloved team), and Algeria make the next round then the quarters,
  • Goodyman Gustavo @Fazbuk says:
    June 25, 2014 03:04 am
    Sometimes African players are childish.... After having good counter attack to put the game to bed ,they didn't utilize and now see how ''dem dey cry''....#Am Bored seriously. #GHANA needs to learn from this match.!!! Against USA we did the same mistake the Ivorian's did today and against Germany we did something similar when Badu and Wakasu lost a counter attack to an offside and Jordan also didn't give a simple pass to Gyan.....We simply need to grow!!!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 25, 2014 03:07 am
    Players must stay focused till the final whistle one second of bad judgemant could be the difference between victory and defeat. Coaches must strive for perfection in their duties, I thought Ivory Coast Coach was too hasty in pulling out some of his most hard working players. For a team that has never made it out of the qualifying round the Coach should have kept a player like Gervinho on the field for the whole 90 minutes because he attacks and tracks back to help on defense.
  • pasta says:
    June 25, 2014 06:17 am
    I hate to admit,Nigeria is realistically africa's only hope in this world cup.I hope for God's miracle tommorow for us ghana.We have d potential to reach d semis if only we can get out of dis group of death,which is unlikely.Nigeria would likely drop out in d 2nd round if dey qualify.
  • Tor says:
    June 25, 2014 07:49 am
    I honestly think its time we stop complaining about these white referees. Ghana has benefited a lot since we entered into this WC from 2006. It was a clear penalty. CI blew away a golden opportunity to move into the next stage. Lets not forget the Greek team was more serious and hit the wood work several times. CI was like a colts team playing like nothing was at stake. Ghana with all our problems would have sealed this game easily. Haaba, Africa lets be serious and stop blaming referees.
  • Ukwa Mbia says:
    June 25, 2014 08:44 am
    I see just like someone has commented on this page,Algeria and Nigeria going through to the round of 16. This is my honest opinion because no matter what Ghana does to beat Portugal,USA and Germany are likely to proceed to the next round of 16. Hard facts i
  • JAY TEE says:
    June 25, 2014 09:44 am
  • ginger says:
    June 25, 2014 10:34 am
    Oh ivory coast! Is dis golden generation or CHARCOAL generation
  • GHANAarmedROBBER says:
    June 25, 2014 10:55 am
    PAST GLORIES......We are talking of now at the World cup Pleeeeaaaaasssee
  • PITO says:
    June 25, 2014 11:33 am
    The most USELESS team is Ivory Coast. Penalty or No Penalty, The ivorians played as if the match was FIXED! FIFA should Investigate cheik tiote, the referee and that ''gidi-gidi'' rushy left winger. African football has gone to the dogs. Last time someone was claiming we give him one million and he can influence the scoreline of every Nigerian game.
  • George Weah says:
    June 25, 2014 09:07 pm
    you understand friend...I agree with what you are saying. The players needed to show hunger to defend and threaten in attack so late in the game...taking gervinho off was stupid and not having tiote even though his mistake led to the goal was not good
  • George Weah says:
    June 25, 2014 09:09 pm
  • mikron says:
    June 25, 2014 11:55 pm
    @ pasta or noodles or whatever u call urself, shut da f.u.c.k up, jealousy is written all over u, what made u think ghana has the potential to reach the semis and Nigeria according to ur slow brain will drop out of the 2nd round, keep dreaming and wishing us bad, u will eat ur words, and keep calling ur group the group of death, for ur info the group comprising england, uruguay, costa rica & italy is actually the group of death, not urs, that group comprise of 3 past world cup winners. keep fooling urself. loosers