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World Cup Finals Blog Home: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire

The World United Through Football Thursday, 19th June

Group Match - Colombia Sit Pretty

Group C

Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire in Brasilia.

Match Preview

Colombia and Côte d'Ivoire have never met before in international football competition.

This is Colombia's 5th World Cup Finals appearance and Croatia's third.

The Match

Colombia and Ivory Coast both started their 2014 campaigns with a victory.

The winner here could qualify for the knockout stage; if the later game, Japan vs Greece, ends in a draw.

Game on for South America versus West Africa, in the capital of Brazil.

Both teams started positively, yet were equally effective at closing the other down in the crucial moment.

Slowly the attacking balance started to tip in Colombia's favour, with Ivory Coast needing to be equally quick to cover the runs.

Then the enthusiasm seemed to drain out of the game around the thirty minute mark, as whistles echoed around the stadium.

Half-time: Colombia 0 - Ivory Coast 0

A draw could suit both sides but they would be better off with a win. At the start of the second-half, caution seemed the order of the day.

Yellow Cards Didier Zokora wasn't cautious enough and will miss the final group game, against Greece.

Just when Côte d'Ivoire seemed to be getting the adantage, Colombia came back to life; Juan Cuadrado's chipped shot pushed onto the bar.

Substitution Time for Didier Drogba to replace Wilfried Bony, with half an hour remaining.

Goalscorers 1:0
James Rodriguez gave Colombia the lead with a header, into the roof of the net, from a corner.

Substitution Salomon Kalou replaced Max Gradel as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure discussed who should take the free-kick. Yaya Toure did; into the wall.

Goalscorers 2:0
The game had livened, up with Ivory Coast pushing for the equaliser, then Colombia broke forward; to extend their lead, through substitute Juan Quintero.

Goalscorers 2:1
Gervinho replied for Ivory Coast after a run down the left and a cut inside the box. David Ospina had a hand on the ball, but just helped it into the net.

After Mario Yepes received treatment, Howard Webb took advantage of the stop in play to snatch a quick sip from a Colmbian water bottle. The franctic second-half showed no signs of slowing down.

In injury time, David Ospina was quick off his line to foil Didier Drogba's chance of levelling the score.

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Final Score: Colombia 2 - Ivory Coast 1
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Goalscorers:
1:0 - James Rodriguez (64 mins)
2:0 - Juan Quintero (70 mins)
2:1 - Gervinho (73 mins)

Teams

Travel to Colombia Colombia:
1-David Ospina; 7-Pablo Armero, 3-Mario Yepes, 2-Cristian Zapata, 18-Juan Camilo Zuniga; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar, 14-Victor Ibarbo, 10-James Rodriguez; 11-Juan Cuadrado, 9-Teofilo Gutierrez.

Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire:
1-Boubacar Barry; 3-Arthur Boka, 22-Sol Bamba, 5-Didier Zokora, 17-Serge Aurier; 20-Serey Die, 9-Cheick Tiote, 10-Yao Gervinho, 19-Yaya Toure; 15-Max Gradel, 12-Wilfried Bony.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Howard Webb - England Travel to England

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
54 mins - Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast)
89 mins - Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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