2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
vs. IVORY COAST
Kickoff: Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Castelao – Fortaleza, Brazil
Ivory Coast -105, Greece +270, Tie +260
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over Even, Under -129)
Greece and Ivory Coast will battle Tuesday in a match that will have major implications in terms of which teams from Group C will advance to the Round of 16.
Greece looks to pick up a big victory over Ivory Coast after a tie against Japan that kept them in contention for berth in the knockout round. A draw or a loss would mean that they fail to advance. After winning their first match in group play, Ivory Coast’s comeback attempt came up short in a 2-1 loss to Colombia. They can now advance to the knockout rounds with a draw or a victory against a Greece team that needs three points to continue its tournament.
Despite not having a single goal in the entire tournament, Greece could still advance to the Round of 16 with a victory over Ivory Coast and some help elsewhere. After losing their opening game 3-0 to Colombia, Greece played against Japan and the match ended in a 0-0 tie. Greece was wildly outplayed, and was fortunate to even come away with a draw. They were outshot 11-5 on goal and had possession of the ball for just 32% of the game. A similar effort against Ivory Coast will likely have the team packing its bags and heading home. Saying that they need to generate more opportunities offensively would be an understatement.
Ivory Coast has looked very good at times during this World Cup, winning their first match 2-1 against Japan and then outplaying Colombia in a 2-1 loss. The team outshot Colombia on goal 12-8 and they also won the battle in time of possession, as they had the ball for 55% of the game compared to just 45% for their opponent. After falling behind 2-0 on goals by James Rodriguez at 64 minutes and Juan Quintero at 70 minutes, Gervinho scored to make the game 2-1 at the 73-minute mark. Ivory Coast, however, was unable to tie it up and they must now come through with a big effort against Greece. If they lose, they will need help in order to advance.