FIFA World Cup: Japan Curse Didier Drogba and Two 'Nightmare' Minutes

Japan took the lead in the 16th minute but Didier Drogba's arrival in the 62nd minute of the FIFA World Cup match changed the tide in Ivory Coast's favour.

updated: June 15, 2014 12:44 IST
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Tokyo: Japanese football fans erupted in joy -- then dropped their heads in dismay, cursing Didier Drogba as the Blue Samurai went down 2-1 to Ivory Coast in their World Cup opener. (Full match report)

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Japan's football supporters were left visibly disappointed.


Thousands of people gathered at sports bars and stadiums across the Land of the Rising Sun to watch the match in Recife live on television on a late Sunday morning in Japan.

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