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Eiji Kawashima

FIFA World Cup: Japan lose to Ivory Coast

RECIFE: Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the FIFA World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start. The African side trailed to a stunning Keisuke Honda strike in the first half, but the introduction of striker Didier Drogba off the bench proved the catalyst to turn the match on its head after the restart as they scored twice in three minutes. The victory at the Pernambuco arena moved the Ivorians level…