SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Serge Aurier

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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.

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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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4 Responses to SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Serge Aurier

  1. NASLatlanta says:

    And in Open Cup news, North American Soccer League clubs swept Mickeymouse League Clubs and Atlanta, Carolina & New York chucked Salt Lake, Chivas & Jersey out tha tournament.

    • reignman says:

      Word plays on names are the worst, stop embarrassing yourself. Also if MLS was half as successful as mickeymouse theyd be the greatest league in the world.

      • Brett says:

        You’re right. “Reignman” is one of the more terrible and forced ones I can remember.

  2. BillSaysThis says:

    Aurier was fine going forward but was the weakest link for CIV on the back line. Not MotM, sorry.