The Elephants started off rather a bit shaky in the first half as the Japanese launched a severe tactical passes that put the Ivorians in deficit just 16 mins into the game.
The Elephants coming back into second half, were super charged and ready to take on the power squad of the Japanese European based trio force of Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki and Kesiuke Honda, pressure.
Midway through the half, the African superman Didier Drogba came in from the bench to pair with the already attack being launched by Captain Yaya Toure and Arthur Boka to form a very tight angle with Wilfred Bony and Solomon Kalou heightens the threat with his speed . As the pressure continued to mount on the Japanese squad, the Elephants took advantage, and was physically dorminant putting the Japanese defence and Keeper on the toes. The African squad continued to hunger for an equalizer, not relenting at any chance.
The obvious impact of Didiers presence can ot be overlooked as the Japanese defence continued to be stretched beyond their limit. Drogba and Solomon Kalou’s speed, and tactical attack continued to push the Japanese into a defence and at the 64th minute, at a close range Bony never relented in taking up chance from Aurier’s cross, with a header, the equalizer landed into the net. Seconds later, another chance from Aurier’s cross again was a platter for Gervinho and a header was all that was needed to overturn the game sending the pro- Japanese crowd at Arena Pernambuco silent .