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Ivory Coast vs. Japan, 2014 World Cup: Elephants win after huge turnaround

Japan struck first, but the Ivory Coast stunned them after introducing Didier Drogba and went on to win 2-1.

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Elephants come from behind for 2-1 win

Down 1-0? No problem, if you're the Ivory Coast: just add Didier Drogba and your problems go away. Poor Japan never stood a chance.

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Two goals in three minutes

Japan were up a goal and in control until Didier Drogba came on for the Ivory Coast. He hasn't scored, but his mere presence has terrified the Japan defense, opening up all kinds of lanes for his teammates to attack into. And they've taken advantage, scoring twice in three minutes -- with both goals coming within five minutes of Drogba entering the match.

The first was scored by Wilfried Bony, and if he hadn't gotten on the end of this cross, Drogba would have been there.

A couple minutes later, Gervinho struck with a nice header, though the goalkeeping could have been a whole lot better.

It's worth noting that both goals came from the exact same source: Ivory Coast right back Serge Aurier. He's been a huge threat down the right flank all game long and his crosses just needed to find their targets. With extra bodies in the box, they're proving effective.

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Mothra invades the World Cup

OMG! IT'S MOTHRA!!

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Mothra, oh Mothra, if we were to call for help over time, over sea, like a wave, you'd come! Our guardian angel! Mothra, oh Mothra!

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Drogba facepalms

Oh I'm so sorry

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Honda is good at soccer

So Japan are looking like total crap and are going to get destroyed by the Ivory Coast and OH MAN WHAT A GOAL.

Japan are wonderful, because it's always possible that they can do this. Keisuke Honda is always a threat to strike out of nowhere, and that's what he did here. Awesome goal.

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Ivory Coast fan rivals Japanese fans

Just when we thought the Japan fans were craziest, we found this guy.

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Japanese World Cup fans are the best so far

Anyone can wear a flag as a cape, or put on a silly hat. These Japanese fans went all out.

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Ivory Coast vs. Japan: Lineups

The lineups for Japan's Group C game against the Ivory Coast are out.

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How to watch Japan vs. Ivory Coast online

Here's how you can catch Ivory Coast vs. Japan streaming online if you don't have access to a TV.

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How to watch Ivory Coast vs. Japan

Les Éléphants meet Samurai Blue in Recife. Here's how to watch on TV and online.

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Expect goals when Ivory Coast meet Japan

Separating Ivory Coast and Japan is nigh-on impossible, with both of these sides strong going forward and weak at the back.

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Ivory Coast vs. Japan: A primer

Ivory Coast and Japan face off in their World Cup opener, with both knowing a victory would greatly boost their chances of making the knockout stages.

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