Jun 24, 2014 at 9pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Ivory Coast
Samaris (42'), Samaras (90' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)
Bony (73')
Drogba (37'), Kalou (62'), Die (70')

Sabri Lamouchi confirms departure as Ivory Coast manager

Lamouchi confirms Ivory Coast departure
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Sabri Lamouchi confirms that he has resigned as manager of Ivory Coast following Tuesday's night's 2-1 defeat against Greece.

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed his resignation as manager of Ivory Coast following their World Cup group-stage exit.

The 42-year-old, who was appointed to the role in 2012, announced his decision after the Elephants' 2-1 defeat against Greece which signalled the end of his side's tournament.

Lamouchi led Ivory Coast to the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations last year, while his current deal in charge of the African nation has now expired.

"My contract comes to an end at this World Cup and there will be no epilogue," he's quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "It is logical as we did not do well at last year's Africa Cup of Nations or at the World Cup finals.

"The Ivory Coast is a great football nation. And this was a cruel game. After so much hard work and so much sacrifice, all of us and everyone in the Ivory Coast is very sad."

The Frenchman had spells at Monaco, Parma and Inter Milan among others during his player career, but he had no previous managerial experience before taking up his position with the Ivory Coast.

Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match on June 24, 2014
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