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Ivory Coast keeper celebrates goal with a mouthful of grass

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The day started with a footballer taking a bite out of an opponent and it ends with one taking a bite out of the pitch.

The Ivory Coast were at risk of being eliminated from the World Cup by Greece, who scored their first goal of the tournament just before halftime. If the lead held, the Euro 2004 winners would have continued their miraculous ways by reaching the knockout stage by scoring just one goal in three matches.

But after several close calls and a couple of shots off the crossbar for the Greeks, Ivory Coast substitute Wilfried Bony equalized in the 74th minute to reclaim the advantage for that round of 16 berth. And Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry celebrated by jamming a wad of grass in his mouth and showing it to the camera behind his goal.

The only grass eating for Boubacar after this would be sad grass eating, though. The Ivory Coast conceded a penalty in added time and Georgios Samaras converted the spot kick to give Greece a 2-1 win and put them in a round of 16 match against Costa Rica.

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