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Why Didier Drogba’s shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense

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Why Didier Drogba's shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been one hell of a transfer window for Chelsea Football Club. After a trophy less campaign, it hasn't taken manager Jose Mourinho to wring the changes and turn the Blues into a formidable-looking force.

Groups C, D, E & F Completed

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Group C:
Colombia: 9 +7
Greece: 4 -2
Ivory Coast: 3 -1
Japan: 1 -4

My Picks: Colombia, Ivory Coast

Talk about going down to the wire. A last second PK (maybe soft, but legit) puts Greece through and eliminates the Ivory Coast. They really had no business being in a position where 1 goal could eliminate them, they're a better team than that.

Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 Goals World Cup 2014 Samaras penalty Controversial Video

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Samaras Scores Last Minute Penalty to Send Greece to Round Of 16

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Georgios Samaras scored a late penalty in stoppage time to send Greece through to the Round of 16, while Ivory Coast will feel demoralized after being so close to advancing.

Controversy surrounded this nerve-wrecking game in Group C as Greece snuck through to the second round of the World Cup finals after facing a more-fancied Ivory Coast side.

Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast: Injury time Samaras penalty edges Greeks into last 16

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A stunning late penalty from former Celtic strikerGeorgios Samaras gave Greece a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, with theEuropean side sneaking through to the last 16, finishing second above their beaten opponents in Group C.

WATCH Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Greeks Advance to Round of 16

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What an ending to the match between Greece and Ivory Coast!

Greece defeated Ivory Coast in the last few minutes of the match to advance to the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The winning goal came in controversial circumstances after Greece won a soft penalty when Georgios Samaras was allegedly fouled in the penalty area.

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

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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 andWatchESPN
Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Starting line-ups -

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

Greece vs Ivory Coast Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Ivory Coast and Greece arrive in Fortaleza with both sides having an opportunity to advance into the knockout stages (4pm ET/1pm PT kickoff). Ivory Coast comes into the match after losing a close affair with Colombia 2-1 and defeating Japan in comeback fashion by the same scoreline. Greece has had a disappointing campaign so far.

World Cup Predictions: Who will join Brazil & Netherlands in the Round of 16?

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World Cup Predictions: Who will join Brazil & Netherlands in the Round of 16? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the final round of the World Cup group stage matches being played, we take a closer look at what can happen in Groups C to H (click here for our preview of Groups A and B).

Greece v Ivory Coast Preview: First knockout round berth awaits Africans?

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Greece v Ivory Coast Preview: First knockout round berth awaits Africans? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ivory Coast are looking to secure their passage into the second round of a World Cup for the first time in the country's history.

Greece stand in their way having picked up only one point from their opening two games, without scoring a single goal.

Ivory Coast’s Serey Die Weeps During National Anthem After Father Dies Just 87,500 Hours Before Kick-Off

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By Chris Wright

Players weeping uncontrollably during their national anthems has become a bit of a 'thing' at this World Cup, with several emotional stars including Mr Neymar Jr welling up at the enormity of it all.

Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die was the latest player to submit to his tear glands in the line-up before yesterday's game against Colombia tears which sparked a strange fibto spread through the murky world of social media, only to be picked up and ran by several major news sources.

Group C After Two Rounds

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Group C:
Colombia: 6 +4
Ivory Coast: 3 0
Japan: 1 - 1
Greece: 1 -3

My picks: Colombia, Ivory Coast

This is going about how I expected. Colombia has qualified for the knockout rounds, the only question is who will join them. Ivory Coast has the easiest path with just a win over Greece being all that's needed.

Video Colombia vs Ivory Coast 2014 CIV Gervinho Goal Group C June 19

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Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Late goal from former Gunner fails to save Elephants

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Colombia beat Ivory Coast 2-1 this afternoon inBrasília in what was a hugely entertaining game in Group C, with the South American side now on the very edge of qualifying for the last 16.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: James Rodriguez

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Colombia and the Ivory Coast were locked in a scoreless battle of nerves. Both teams pressed forward relentlessly, and both teams failed to break through.

At last in the 64th minute, somebody did. Colombian star James Rodríguezput Colombia ahead with a booming header, opening the flood gates.

WATCH Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most entertaining games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Colombia defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 in front of a passionate and vociferous crowd of 50,000 fans to take one giant step to qualifying for the Knockout Round of the tournament.

The match featured end-to-end action in a very open attacking game where both teams tried to get the win.

CONFIRMED: Colombia v Ivory Coast lineups: Drogba on the bench!

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CONFIRMED: Colombia v Ivory Coast lineups: Drogba on the bench! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Colombia take on the Ivory Coast in the first match of Thursday, with a win enough to put one of these sides into the World Cup knockout round.

The lineups have been released with the big news being that former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba starts once again on the bench for the Ivory Coast, with his ex-clubteammate Salomon Kalou joining him,Max Gradel replacing the winger in the starting XI.

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

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We kick off Group C today at Noon ET/9am PT with Ivory Coast taking on Colombia

Where to watch -

Here's the schedule for TV viewers in the United States.

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Howard Webb (England)

Starting lineups -

Colombia:Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuniga

Ivory Coast:Barry, Boka, Zokora, Tiote, Gervinho, Bony, Gradel, Aurier, Y Toure (c), Serey, Bamba.

Colombia v Ivory Coast Preview: Winner takes all in top of the table Group C clash

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Colombia v Ivory Coast Preview: Winner takes all in top of the table Group C clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Colombia and Ivory Coast will be looking to secure qualification to the last 16 this afternoon, with a win for either side guaranteeing progression to the World Cup knockout round.

Why Are MLS and US Soccer Scheduling US Open Cup Games During The World Cup?

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As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, the domestic league and national team continue to make strides. But sadly the US Open Cup, which was showing signs of improvement and greater respect from the US soccer institutions, just went backwards two steps back. Namely, why on earth did MLS and US Soccer decide to play the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup during the World Cup when MLS teams enter the tournament?

5 Biggest Changes to World Cup Odds Based On Day 3 Results

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Here are the 5 biggest changes to the World Cup odds based on Saturday's Day 3 games between Italy-England, Colombia-Greece, Uruguay versus Costa Rica and Ivory Coast-Japan, thanks to Chris McFarland atShareDraft.com.

1. Big win for Colombia.

Already the favorite in the group at 73% chance of advancing, the 3-0 win against Greece boosts them almost to "lock" status at 95%.

World Cup Highlights: Balotelli, Bony, and Sturridge break ducks on Day 3

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World Cup Highlights: Balotelli, Bony, and Sturridge break ducks on Day 3 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Check out the latest highlights of the 2014 World Cup every day on Soccerlens, with today featuring goals from Mario Balotelli, Wilfried Bony and Daniel Sturridge.

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Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan: Former Gunner saves Elephants’ bacon

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Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan: Former Gunner saves Elephants' bacon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Headers from Swansea striker Wilfried Bony and former Arsenal winger Gervinho helped drag the Ivory Coast back from a goal down against Japan, and see them go level on points with Colombia at the top of Group C after an entertaining match attheArena Pernambuco in Recife.

Ivory Coast vs Japan 2014 Video Goals Cote D’Ivoire Group C June 14

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Côte d’Ivoire 2-1 Japan: Elephants Emerge Victorious in Group Opener Against Japan: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Japan and Côte d'Ivoiremet in a rainy Recife for the fourth and final match of the day on June 14th in both team's Group C opener. Despite the 97% humidity both teams showed energy in the attack to begin the game and Japan took an early lead in the 16th minute with a powerful shot from Keisuke Honda who worked himself around several Ivory Coast defenders and into the penalty area.

Groups C & D After One Round

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Group C:
Colombia: 3 +3
Ivory Coast: 3 +1
Japan: 0 -1
Greece: 0 -3

My picks: Colombia, Ivory Coast

Exactly what I expected. Colombia handled the Greeks (though they struggled a bit at times) and Ivory Coast was a bit better than Japan. No surprises here so far.

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Keeping up with the Cup: Groups C and D

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England and Italy are out, Uruguay is through, but Suarez is done. And we all get the joy of watching Greece grind out another 90 minutes in the knockout rounds.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Georgios Samaras

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It has rarely been pretty, but Greece has found a way into the round of 16.

A do-or-die match versus the Ivory Coast ended in thrilling fashion as the relentless Greeks found a way to push forward to put itself in a position to earn a penalty.

Georgios Samaras drew the stoppage-time penalty after being clipped on the heel, and then buried the opportunity in full confidence.

Yet another Ivorian debacle

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It seemed that Ivory Coast had it all in their hands to follow Colombia to the last-16 of the World Cup. Colombia did their part, defeating any possible Japanese threat 4-1, so everything was up to the Ivorians against a Greek side that had not scored a goal, and had played the kind of football that is easy to forget.

Colombian delight

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The expectations to Colombia are growing. Last night they won a difficult match against a difficult opponent. Very equal in the first half, one had the feeling the match could go to either side. In the end Colombia won 2-1, in the second goal by Juan Quintero they punished a defensive blunder by the Ivorians reminescent of Spain's defense.

Daily Cup Check: Day 8

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Yep.

One more into the second round, one more likely on the scrapheap, and then two teams basically wasted our time. Let's check out the goings-on...

Thursday's Matches Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1

The Colombians are quickly becoming the darlings of the tournament, partly thanks to the exuberance of both their squad and their fans.

Ivory Coast vs Colombia Preview

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The Ivory Coast's 2-1 victory against Japan has the team edging closer to the second round for the first time in their World Cup history but Les Elephants should look towards Colombia with caution. Attacking with too much emphasis could cause goals from Columbia's James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Victor Ibarbo.

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Unlucky Aurier out of World Cup but Arsenal MUST sign him up!

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Arsenal players and transfer targets have been dropping like flies out of the World Cup finals in Brazil. Our Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was closely followed by the two England Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. Then came the striker targets Mario Mandzukic and Mario Balotelli, and they were joined in the later games by [.

Arsenal target Aurier set for central role against Greece?

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If you believe the Arsenal transfer rumours in the media, then you must be new to the game of football transfer windows. But often there is no smoke without fire, and there seems to have been a smoke bomb set off in the vicinity of the Toulouse star Serge Aurier. According to many reports, the [...]

Aurier will give Walcott a run for his money when he joins Arsenal

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Although there are still plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with various right backs as a potential replacement for the Man City bound Frenchman Bacary Sagna, the smart money says that the Toulouse and Ivory Coast player Serge Aurier is set for a move to the Emirates. There have been unconfirmed, of course, [.

Have Arsenal already sealed the deal on £8m Aurier transfer?

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There was a very loud buzz on the Arsenal transfer rumour mill a few weeks back, when one lucky Arsenal fan seemed to have got the exclusive about the transfer of Serge Aurier to the Gunners. It was straight from the horse's mouth, when the fan met Aurier at an Ivory Coast international friendly, but [.

Serge Aurier tipped for success in UK- With Arsenal?

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Serge Aurier himself seems convinced that he will be leaving Toulouse for Arsenal this summer, and if he is using the World Cup as a final audition for the job then he has passed the first test with flying colours by setting up both goals in the Ivory Coast´s 2-1 win over Japan. Aurier seemed [...]

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Didier Drogba Announces Retirement From Ivory Coast National Team

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Didier Drogba, who made his debut for the Ivory Coast national team 12 years ago, has today announced his retirement from international soccer. The 36-year old Chelsea striker featured in three World Cups, and has captained his national side for the last eight years. Drogba also lead "Les Elephants" to two runners-up finishes in the African Cup of Nations in 2006 and in 2012.

The 200% World Cup: Columbia vs Ivory Coast Live!

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This Group C encounter pits the two winners in a head-to-head for the top spot. Columbia breezed past Greece in their opening game while the Ivory Coast narrowly edged Japan.

Both of these teams will be looking to gain an advantage going into their final group games as an encounterwith the GroupF victors is ahead in the Round of 16 match and I doubt either of these team would fancy Italy in the knock-out stages (who we all expect to finish top).