10 interesting stats ahead of Ivory Coast vs Japan

0 – Ivory Coast were unbeaten in qualifying with 5 wins and 3 draws.

1 – Ivory Coast have not recorded more than 1 win or progressed from the group stage in either of their previous two World Cup appearances.

2 – Didier Drogba is the only player to have scored in both of Ivory Coast’s previous World Cup’s and could become their all-time World Cup top scorer with a single goal this year.

3 – After making their World Cup debut in 2006, the Ivory Coast are now playing in their third successive tournament.

3 – AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda is Japan’s all-time top scorer in the World Cup. Junichi Inamoto is the only other Japanese player to have scored more than one goal in the finals.

7 – Japan have lost 7 of their 14 World Cup matches, winning only 4.

8 – Japan’s Shinji Okazaki was the top scorer in the Asian qualifiers with 8 goals.

50% – Two of Japan’s four World Cup wins have come in their only meetings with African nations – 2-0 versus Tunisia in 2002 and 1-0 versus Cameroon in 2010.

100% – Ivory Coast beat North Korea 3-0 four years ago in their only previous match at a World Cup against an Asian nation.

144 – Japan’s Yasuhito Endo is the most-capped outfield player in the 2014 World Cup and only Spain’s Iker Casillas enters the tournament with more.