Jun 12, 2014; Sao Paulo, BRAZIL; Detailed view of an official FIFA soccer ball sitting on the field during the game between Brazil against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup: Keisuke Honda golazo gives Japan lead over Ivory Coast (GIF)


Japan and Ivory Coast were squaring off in Group C action on Saturday night at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It was the longest slate of games in the tournament so far, with four games being played.

This game was an interesting match up between two pretty even teams though Ivory Coast might be the favorite because of stars like Didier Droba and Yaya Toure.

The Japanese were unimpressed and came out attacking and scored first. It was a beautiful play that got the ball to Keisuke Honda ins some space, and and even better strike by Honda to score the goal. He got the ball at the corner and stepped between a pair of defenders in the box and with some space just drove his foot through the ball.

The ball sailed into the top left corner under the cross bar and straight into the back of the net. Now Ivory Coast has to counter to negate the momentum Japan just gained.

Those Japanese fans they showed before the game got some more air-time after that goal.

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