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WORLD CUP PREVIEW: Greece v Ivory Coast

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

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KONSTANTINOS Mitroglou is adamant the all or nothing situation Greece find themselves in will propel them to finally breaking their World Cup duck against Ivory Coast.

Greece face Ivory Coast in their final Group C match knowing that nothing but a win – as well as a victory for Colombia against Japan in the other clash – will see them advance into the knockout stages for the first time in their history.

That is easier said than done however, considering Greece are still waiting to find the back of the net in Brazil, their sole point so far coming from a stalemate with Japan last time out.

However Mitroglou, who failed to score in three appearances for Fulham last season, believes the goals will come with Greece’s World Cup involvement depending on it.

"With the hard work we've been putting in and a little luck, the goals will come," he said.

"They have excellent players like (Didier) Drogba and (Yaya) Toure. But we have to look at what we are doing.

"The task is simple. We have to win."

Mitroglou will be hoping to shake off an injury to help fire Greece into the last 16, with Theofanis Gekas pushing for a spot in attack alongside Celtic forward Georgios Samaras.

Greece will definitely be without the services of Konstantinos Katsouranis, who saw red against Japan, meaning experienced midfielder Giorgos Karagounis is expected to come into the side.

For Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba is pushing for a starting berth, but the experienced forward could once again lose out to Swansea’s Wilfried Bony.

Salomon Kalou is expected to come into the team, however, with Gervinho and Max Gradel also providing support from attacking positions.

Ivory Coast go into the game knowing three points will confirm their spot in the knockout stages, however a draw could also be enough providing Japan do not beat Colombia and overturn a slight goal difference disadvantage.

The Ivorians started with a bang in Brazil as they came back to beat Japan, only to then lose 2-1 to Colombia – and manager Sabri Lamouchi insists the pain of that defeat will spur his side on.

"We didn't deserve to lose that game — a draw would have been fair," the French manager said.

"Now we have to beat Greece - that's how we'll get through."

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