What has gotten into Gervinho?
The 25-year-old scored the winner last week as Ivory Coast edged Togo in both teams' opening match. Then on Saturday, Gervinho did it again.
It wasn't quite as dramatic this time, but Gervinho scored the first goal Saturday in Ivory Coast's 3-0 victory over Tunisia in Rustenburg, South Africa. Here's what happened.
In the 21st minute, Gervinho burst into Tunisia's box on the left and played a one-two with Lacina Traore. Upon receiving Traore's return pass, Gervinho beat the keeper with a high finish into the far corner.
The goal, Gervinho's second of the tournament in two games, appears below. It serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Sunday. Enjoy.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure made it 2-0 with a curling shot in the 87th minute, and substitute Didier Ya Konan added Ivory Coast's third in the closing moments.
The victory gave Ivory Coast six points through two matches and sent the Elephants into the quarterfinals. Togo and Tunisia will play for Group D's other quarterfinal berth in their final group-stage match.
Afterwards, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi fielded questions about not playing superstar forward Didier Drogba. Thanks to his team's performance, including that of Gervinho, it was easy to see Lamouchi's reasoning.
Here's what Lamouchi said (per BBC Sport):
Why didn't I play Didier Drogba? Because it seemed to me that the 11 players I picked were the best to overcome this good Tunisian side.
My first satisfaction comes from the victory and the second from the content. We really entered this competition today.
We caused a lot of problems for this very good Tunisian team and were never really threatened at any point.
Tell us this, then, readers. Is this the real Gervinho?
Can Arsenal count on him returning to England in good form? Up to this point, his second season with the Gunners has gone about as poorly as his first.
Let us know what you think.