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Match Report: Olyroos vs Ivory Coast

The Olyroos dug deep to stay in the tournament but lacked firepower in front of goal going down 1-0 to the Ivory Coast through Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou.

The Olyroos made 3 changes to their line up before the Group A encounter with the injured Archie Thompson out for Mark Bridge plus two tactical changes to the midfield with James Troisi and Neil Kilkenny out for Kristian Sarkies and Bill Celeski.

The match began with the Olyroos in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the Ivory Coast in a 4-4-2 formation. The Olyroos controlled the first 15 minutes of the game with the Ivory Coast barely getting a touch just sitting back and defending.

This type of play created a great opportunity for David Carney who got into an excellent position making a brilliant run into the 18 yard box only to have his shot foiled by Angoua Benjamin running across the goal line and knocking the ball out of play.

Ivory Coast started to get on top of the game and create chances but could not produce in the first half.

Both teams fired up for the second half with the Ivory Coast getting some good early chances with the Olyroos getting some opportunities from set pieces.

The game continued and as it went on the Olyroos started to look more and more like previous games with poor defensive clearances that just gifted the ball back to an Ivory Coast team that was just sitting back.

As the game wore on chances started to be created by the Ivory Coast with Federici having to tap a long range effort over the bar from Angoua Benjami and Kalou troubling from all angles somehow missing a shot from around the penalty spot.

The Olyroos only major chance in this period was a Celeski header which went straight to the goalkeeper.

The Olyroos defence got poorer and poorer just handing the ball over on the 18 yard box and failing to tackle this resulted in the ultimate punishment a goal. The Ivory Coast attacked with 2 defenders failing to tackle the ball was passed to Kalou on the edge of the 18 yard box with his marker all over the place he cruised into the penalty spot and buried the ball into the top corner the keeper was no chance.

The game was pretty much done and dusted but the Olyroos did have some good build up play but couldn’t put in the final pass to get the shot way the end result a 1-0 win to the Ivory Coast.

Argentina and Ivory Coast progress from Group A to be part of the quarterfinals.

The match was played at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium which has seen 11 games in 7 days and was starting to look like a cow paddock. The attendance was 50,500.

The game was broadcast on SBS the real football broadcasters which put a refreshing edge to a less than world-class tournament.

Ivory Coast Australia
1 Vincent de Paul Angban 1 Adam Federici
2 Serge Wawa 2 Jade North
3 Ousmane Diarrassouba 4 Mark Milligan
4 Souleymane Bamba 5 Matthew Spiranovic
5 Angoua Benjamin 12 Trent McClenahan
12 Bagayoko Mamadou 8 Stuart Musialik
10 Emmanuel Kone 11 David Carney
9 Franck Djadjedje 16 Billy Celeski
8 Salomon Kalou 15 Kristian Sarkies
14 Yao Kouassi Gervinho 9 Mark Bridge
18 Sekou Cisse 17 Nikita Rukavytsya

16 Christian Okua Tando Velaphi 18
15 Tamla Mekeme Adrian Leijer 3
6 Herve Kambou Nikolai Topor-Stanley 6
7 Kafoumba Coulibaly Neil Kilkenny 7
11 Anthony Moura Komenan James Troisi 14
13 Guie Gneki Abraham Ruben Zadkovich 13
17 Antoine N’Gossan Matt Simon 21

Ruben Zadkovich for Nikita Rukavytsya (73)

Nikolai Topor-Stanley for Mark Milligan (86)

James Troisi for Billy Celeski (73)

Yellow Cards

Emmanuel Kone (46)

Stuart Musialik (75)

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