By TIM FONTENAULT
Serge Aurier was too much for the left side of Japan’s defense to handle. Throughout the match, he was playing in dangerous crosses. They finally started connecting late in the second half.
Two of Aurier’s crosses found their way to the heads of Wilfried Bony and Gervinho and into the goal as the Ivory Coast came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 Saturday night. With the two assists, Aurier earns SBI’s Man of the Match honors.
Aurier drove each cross in from the right wing, first hitting Bony, who headed the ball towards the left post, and then Gervinho, whose diving effort went through the hands of Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
The defender edges Bony and Gervinho, as well as Keisuke Honda, who scored the lone goal for Japan, for Man of the Match honors.
Do you think Aurier deserved Man of the Match for his two assists? Could the argument be made for Didier Drogba because of the way the Ivory Coast responded to his presence?
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