Ivory Coast lost their second Group C match 2-1 to Colombia on Thursday in Brasilia but still keep intact their chances to qualify to the knockout stage following a 2-1 win over Japan in their opener.
However, coach Sabri Lamouchi believes the Elephants played better than the Los Cafeteros and deserved to prevail in the cracker between the two teams topping the Group C table.
“Our loss to Colombia was unjust,” Lamouchi said after the match. “We had all the chances, we dominated and we were not fazed by the experienced Colombian team or their thousands of supporters. But they exploited our two worst blunders and netted those goals.
“We were able to create some worthwhile situations that led to that fantastic goal from Gervinho but eventually we couldn’t pull level. Nothing is lost, we have to focus on our third and final group match against Greece and hope to qualify to the next round,” he said.
With Yaya Toure facing growing criticism about his form across the two matches played by the Ivorian team, Lamouchi leapt to his defence and assured that the Manchester City midfield powerhouse had been doing fine.
“People keep saying Yaya Toure is not playing fine because he is not in form. I say no. That is not true. He has greatly improved and even played better against Colombia than Japan.
“Imagine, this was a player who came to us tired and injured after the tough Premier League season. And after treatment he’s been doing fine and I’m satisfied.”