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African heartbreak as Ivory Coast out of World Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Didier Drogba played the full 90 minutes. Yaya and Kolo Toure stayed in Brazil despite a family tragedy, with the younger of the brothers a standout in the match. The Brazilian fans roared them on and booed their opponents.

Ivory Coast was moments away from its biggest World Cup success. But a penalty with nearly all the three minutes injury time used up cancelled the celebrations.

Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras scored a penalty, as Greece sank the Ivory Coast 2-1 to jump from last place in Group C to reach the knockout stage for the first time.

Within minutes Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi had announced his decision to quit, and one of Africa's best hopes of succeeding in Brazil was planning the trip home.

"It's been great and I've been so proud to represent this great nation," Lamouchi said. "The result was cruel but the Greeks did not steal the victory. At the highest level, details will cost you."

The 42-year-old former France international took over the Elephants two years ago, and his squad started the match against Greece poised to make the knockout stage for the first time in three attempts.

But the Ivorians were held back by the defensive Greeks.

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