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FIFA World Cup: Samaras’ penalty puts Greece through

FORTALEZA: A stoppage time penalty from Giorgos Samaras gave Greece a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in their final Group C match on Tuesday and took the Greeks through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time. Samaras stroked home a controversial 93rd minute penalty after he was judged to have been tripped in the box by Giovanni Sio as the Greeks poured forward in search of a winner. Their last-gasp victory left them second in the group on four points, one ahead of Ivory Coast and three clear of…

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…