Japan and the Ivory Coast are looking to finish up the longest day of the 2014 World Cup with a bang, but they'll be doing so without some of their iconic players. The Ivory Coast have dropped former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, opting to field Wilfried Bony instead. It's an understandable decision with Drogba getting on in years, but it's still going to be very strange watching Les Elephants field a team without him.
Meanwhile, Japan have replaced vice-captain Yasuhito Endō, who has 144 caps, with Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi. Like with Drogba, it's an understandable move, but it's also going to be weird watching Japan play without Endō.
Ivory Coast vs. Japan
Japan starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Eiji Kawashima; Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Masato Morishige, Atsuto Uchida; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe; Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki; Yūya Ōsako.