Greece vs Ivory Coast: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

With second place in the Group still up for grabs for both the teams, this might be a highly entertaining game.

Where to watch –

The match kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is viewers in USA can catch this game –

English language: ESPN2 and WatchESPN
Spanish language: UniMás, Galavision and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes or ESPN Deportes+

Referee –

Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Starting line-ups –

Greece: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas.

Ivory Coast: Barry; Aurier, Kolo Touré, Bamba, Boka; Tioté, Yaya Touré, Serey, Kalou, Gervinho, Drogba.

Greece –

A win for the Greeks can see them eclipse Ivory Coast to that 2nd spot in the table and lead them into the Round of 16. Thus, they will have no option but to go for the win.

Ivory Coast –

They only need to avoid a defeat tonight, which will be enough for them to sustain the challenge put up by Greece. A draw would see them through at the expense of their opposition today.

Statistics –

Greece need to outscore Ivory Coast if they want to go through. However, their primary concern should be that of scoring a goal to begin with. They have not scored a single goal this competition, which makes things all the more difficult for them tonight.

While Ivory Coast have scored 3 goals in their 2 games, they have also let in 3 at the same time. That could give Greece some hope going into this game.

Men to watch out –

The responsibility of scoring goals rests on the shoulders of attackers Georgios Samaras and Konstantinos Mitroglou.  They will have to bring their best game out if Greece are to beat Ivory Coast and qualify.

Gervinho has shone for Ivory Coast. His 2 goals in 2 games prove that, and the Roma attacker could be a handful for the Greek defense.

Prediction –

I do not see Greece breaking their jinx up front and scoring today. I expect Ivory Coast to stroll towards a low scoring, but an easy victory.

Greece 0-1 Ivory Coast

What is your prediction? Will Gervinho score today too? Share your thoughts with us in the ‘Comments’ section below!

9 thoughts on “Greece vs Ivory Coast: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread”

  1. What an ending to the match. But what a soft penalty for the referee to award. It was more Samaras diving after minimal contact than the CIV player fouling Samaras.

    1. Maybe, except has Roberto Martinez, Ruud and Ballack said last week, the players have all be told that contact in the box may lead to a PK or cards.

      When you are in stoppage time and in box and winning (or tie and moving on), you have to be aware of that.

  2. Ridiculous. Sure, CIV should have scored on the four-on-two. But to have the ref point to the spot in the 91st minute for such a love tap is horrible. Greece had scored ONE goal in three games until that joke of a call. And they’re moving on? Geez.

  3. It’s not the ref to blame, it’s civ players, chance after chance they keep missing i almost lost words to describe african nations, same story goes every time, their is some thing wrong aboat their mentality. By the way credit to samaras he kept his head and scored, remember gyan had the same chance 4 years ago but guess it what happened.

    1. On bein sports on Saturday Ruud Gullit talked about that. He said that African teams (and their players)just don’t have the mind set need in the final 1/3 of the field to finish and lose concentration too easy.

  4. The one thing that this WC has shown,(old cliche): It’s not over till it’s over or until the ref signals it’s over.

    IC had that game, a lapse of concentration at the end and boom they are out, just like a number of other teams in this WC. Crazy stuff.

    Looking forward to the next stages (rounds): I have a feeling we may not see as many goals. It’ll be one an out and teams may become more cautious. Hope not and scoring trend keeps going.

    IMO in group stage many teams wanted max points from 1st two games to not worry about 3 game.

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