Thursday, 19th June
Côte d'Ivoire in Brasilia.
Colombia and Côte d'Ivoire have never met before in international
This is Colombia's 5th World Cup Finals appearance and Croatia's
Colombia and Ivory Coast both started their 2014 campaigns with a
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
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.
Didier Zokora wasn't cautious enough and will miss the final group game,
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.
for Didier Drogba to replace Wilfried Bony, with half an hour remaining.
James Rodriguez gave Colombia the lead with a header, into the roof of the net, from a
Salomon Kalou replaced Max Gradel as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure discussed who should
take the free-kick. Yaya Toure did; into the wall.
The game had livened, up with Ivory Coast pushing for the equaliser, then Colombia broke
forward; to extend their lead, through substitute Juan Quintero.
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.
Final Score: Colombia 2 - Ivory Coast 1
1:0 - James Rodriguez (64 mins)
2:0 - Juan Quintero (70 mins)
2:1 - Gervinho (73 mins)
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,
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.
Referee: Howard Webb - England
2 yellow cards:
54 mins - Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast)
89 mins - Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Japan vs Greece
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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