FIFA World Cup Preview: Clash of Styles as Japan Meet Ivory Coast

While Japan have a technical command over their nimble midfield, Ivory Coast have raw power and can pose a serious threat in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup.

updated: June 13, 2014 08:48 IST
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Recife: Japan's technicians must try to outfox a powerful Ivory Coast as the Asian and African powerhouses meet in a clash of styles here Saturday.

The Blue Samurai have established themselves as the leading force on the Asian continent largely thanks to the technical quality of their nimble midfield, while the Ivorians' rely on the power and driving runs of African Player of the Year Yaya Toure and exciting young full-back Serge Aurier.

Whether it is Japan's guile or the Elephants' physical force, whoever comes out on top in the Pernambuco Arena on Brazil's north-east coast will put themselves in a fine position from which to go on and qualify for the last 16.

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