Bony strikes as Ivory Coast suffer World Cup heartbreak

24th June

Wilfried Bony scored as the Ivory Coast suffered World Cup heartbreak after a 2-1 defeat to Greece saw them eliminated from the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Coming on as a second-half substitute, the Swans striker seemed to have fired his country into the last 16 with a 74th minute equaliser, cancelling out Andreas Samaris' first-half opener, only for Georgios Samaras to deliver a cruel blow with an injury time strike from the penalty spot.

Greece started the crucial Group C match on the front foot, and went in front when substitute Andreas Samaris scored after Cheick Tiote's defensive mistake in the 42nd minute.

But the Ivory Coast looked set to advance when Bony side-footed home from Gervinho's pass, only for the tie to end in late drama when Samaras converted a controversial injury-time penalty to seal the win after he was judged to have been fouled by Giovanni Sio.