Two goals in two second-half minutes saw the Ivory Coast fight against eminent loss and beat Japan 2-1 in an emotional World Cup Group C experience late on Saturday.
A fine Keisuke Honda strike following 16 minutes had placed Japan in front at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife, yet the Ivorians presented Didier Drogba from the seat simply after the hour stamp before happening to turn the diversion on its head.
Inside five minutes of the veteran striker's entry on the downpour doused surface, the Elephants scored twice, both times from Serge Aurier crosses.
The equalizer came when the right-back's twisting conveyance was headed home by Wilfried Bony, before Gervinho associated with an alternate Aurier focus to daze the Japanese unexpected inside the stadium.
The result sees the Ivory Coast join Colombia - who beat Greece 3-0 prior in the day - on three focuses on Group C, and Sabri Lamouchi's side must face the South Americans next in Brasilia on Thursday.