Defensive errors cost Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast centre-back Kolo Touré believes that poor defending cost them dearly against Greece in Fortaleza on Tuesday, in their final Group C clash of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

One-goal down at the break, the Elephants managed to fight back through substitute Wilfried Bony with fifteen more minutes to go, but a penalty awarded to the Greeks in the dying moments of the match allowed Georgios Samaras to put an end to the Ivoirian hopes of a historic qualification for the round of 16 of the tournament.

“We gave them the stick to beat us, we gave them the match,” Kolo told L’Equipe after the game, insisting on their lack of defensive discipline.

“We first managed to hold on, but all of us must defend. People often question Côte d’Ivoire’s defence, but we saw it again today. When there are thirty seconds remaining, we must have eleven players within our own 18 meters.

“Unfortunately, this is the problem of the African teams, we don’t think enough.”

While he is still unsure about his international future, the 33-year old confirmed that Brazil 2014 was his final World Cup appearance.

“I do not want to jump to conclusions and tell you whether I carry on with the Elephants, but this is for sure my last World Cup.”

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