Gervinho and Swansea striker Wilfried Bony scored twice in two second half minutes to help the Ivory Coast come from behind against Japan and win their World Cup opener 2-1.
Japan took the lead thanks to a stunning strike by Keisuke Honda in the first half and his side looked in control of the game.
But the match turned just after the hour mark when first Bony headed home and then former Arsenal striker Gervinho scored minutes later to give the Africans a win in their opening World Cup game.
Ivory Coast won their opening match at a World Cup for the first time in their history. They’ve never reached the knockout phase but a place in the last 16 is now within their grasp. He may not have had a hand in the goals, but Didier Drogba’s entrance into the game seemed to inspire his team mates and intimidate Japan.
Head coach Sabri Lamouchi will be under huge pressure to pick the 36-year-old in the starting eleven in their next match against Colombia.