What's Buzzing:

Ivory Coast's Drogba dropped, Yaya Toure to start

The Associated Press

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) -- Ivory Coast's all-time top scorer Didier Drogba was left out of the starting lineup for the World Cup Group C opener against Japan on Saturday night and replaced by Wilfried Bony.

However, a lingering hamstring injury was not enough to sideline Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

Drogba has scored 64 international goals, but was seen limping off the practice field last Wednesday with a thigh injury after a collision with Didier Zokora. Even before that, coach Sabri Lamouchi had indicated that the 36-year-old former Chelsea striker had competition for the starting striker's spot.

Toure is coming off a 20-goal campaign that helped Manchester City to its second Premier League title in three seasons. However, his brother, Kolo, a Liverpool defender, was not in the starting lineup. He was in the squad despite being diagnosed with Malaria.

Japan's captain, midfielder Makoto Hasebe, who had been recovering from a knee injury, was included in the starting 11. Japan's top stars Keisuke Honda of AC Milan and Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United were chosen to spearhead Japan's attack, as expected.

The 25-year-old Bony scored 17 goals for Swansea City last season. He has 24 appearances for Ivory Coast.


Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry, Serge Aurier, Souleymane Bamba, Arthur Boka, Didier Zokora, Cheikh Tiote, Serey Die, Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony

Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Yuto Nagatomo, Atsuto Uchida, Maya Yoshida, Makoto Hasebe, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Masato Morishige, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Injured Iniesta faces long spell out for Barca

      Injured Iniesta faces long spell out for Barca

      By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona could be without captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of the year after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in an eventful 3-2 La Liga win for the leaders at Valencia on Saturday. The Spain … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 17 minutes ago
    • Cech spares Arsenal's blushes in draw with Boro

      Cech spares Arsenal's blushes in draw with Boro

      Arsenal moved top of the Premier League for the first time this season but were left frustrated by Middlesbrough in a 0-0 draw - the first time they had failed to score at home since defeat by Barcelona in February. It could have been worse too for … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 19 minutes ago
    • Bayern down Gladbach as Dortmund stumble again

      Bayern down Gladbach as Dortmund stumble again

      Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa struck as Bayern Munich disposed of Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 on Saturday to claim their first win in three Bundesliga matches and power three points clear at the top. What was expected to be a tight affair, with … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
    • Sunderland match unwanted 110-year milestone

      Sunderland match unwanted 110-year milestone

      Sunderland became the first top-flight club in more than 100 years to fail to register a win in any of their first nine league games in two successive seasons when they suffered a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United on Saturday. Winston Reid's goal deep … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 50 minutes ago
    • Benitez's Newcastle make it five wins in a row

      Benitez's Newcastle make it five wins in a row

      By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United notched a fifth consecutive Championship victory as their bid to return to the top flight at the first attempt gathered pace on Saturday. Ayoze Perez needed just 60 seconds to put Rafa … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 53 minutes ago