World Cup Group C
Posted: 19 June 2014 Time: 17:37
Colombia closed in on the knockout stages of the World Cup with a thrilling 2-1 win over Group C rivals Ivory Coast in Brasilia on Thursday.
FULL TIME: Colombia (Rodriguez 64, Quintero 70) 2-1 (Gervinho 73) Ivory Coast. Colombia win back-to-back games at the World Cup for the first time in their history!
93 - Ospina races off his line to deny Drogba following a rare mistake from Yepes!
90 - Ivory Coast booking: Tiote is cautioned. There will be four minutes of added time.
89 - Barry just about keeps out a super ambitious lob from the fearless Quintero! Crazy stuff in these closing stages!
86 - Kalou's tame effort is easily gathered by Ospina after he was nicely teed up by Gervinho.
84 - The speedy Bolly gets into a good position but he is unable to direct his header on target. Half chance that, if anything.
80 - Ten minutes to go, what a spectacular second half this has been. We still look good for more goals here!
78 - Colombia sub: Mejia replaces Aguilar, who earned his 50th cap today.
73 - IVORY COAST GOAL! Gervinho scores a sublime solo goal as he beats three defenders before firing home! Fantastic stuff! Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast.
73 - Ivory Coast sub: Bolly replaces the hapless Die.
72 - Colombia sub: Arias replaces Armero.
70 - COLOMBIA GOAL! The sub Quintero scores his first international goal with a clinical one-on-one finish following a defensive error by Die. Colombia 2-0 Ivory Coast.
69 - Toure has a shot from a tight angle deflected wide of the target, with the resultant corner cleared by the Colombians.
67 - Ivory Coast sub: Kalou replaces Gradel.
64 - COLOMBIA GOAL! Rodriguez scores with a thumping header off a Cuadrado corner! Colombia 1-0 Ivory Coast.
60 - Ivory Coast sub: Drogba comes on for Bony.
59 - SO CLOSE FOR COLOMBIA, as Cuadrado's shot from a tight angle brushes off Barry's fingers en route to the woodwork and out!
58 - Yepes makes a last-gasp tackle in the box, great stuff from the 38-year-old, who is the oldest outfield player at the tournament.
56 - Bony gets himself in a twist when trying to strike a delightful ball over the top from Toure. He really should have done better there.
55 - Ivory Coast booking: Zokora receives his second caution of the tournament, meaning he is suspended for his country's final Group C encounter against Greece.
53 - Colombia sub: The youngster Quintero replaces Ibarbo.
51 - Cuadrado drills in a dangerous low cross from the right which is hacked clear unconvincingly by the Elephants. It's been a lively start to the second stanza.
49 - Gutierrez shapes to pull the trigger but the ball gets stuck under his feet in the box, and Ivory Coast clear.
48 - Zapata puts out a shoulder to arrest a marauding run from Gervinho down the left. The Colombian is a touch lucky to escape a caution there.
46 - We are back underway, with no changes at the interval.
HALF-TIME: Colombia 0-0 Ivory Coast. It's been a cagey opening period, with Colombia having the better chances. The Elephants, though, finished the half with momentum.
45 - Gradel disappoints with a woeful cross from the left. It's not the first time he's done that this afternoon. There will be one minute of added time.
44 - Gradel has a powerful shot blocked in the box following a tricky run from Gervinho.
41 - Rodriguez tries to find Gutierrez with an insightful return pass but the Ivorian defence is alert to the danger and clear their lines.
38 - The vastly experienced Yepes, who is 38, does brilliantly to foil Gervinho's run down the right flank. Smart stuff from the 100-cap man.
35 - Cuadrado tries his utmost to control a searching ball over the top but it's a touch too strong for the right-sided attacker.
31 - First real chance at the other end, as Aurier's low shot from just inside the box draws a sharp stop from Ospina. Good connection there by the Toulouse fullback.
28 - Woeful miss by Gutierrez as he meekly steers a left-wing cross wide from Rodriguez from close range! That must be one of the misses of the tournament!
27 - Bony shows exceptional strength to shrug off a marker down the left flank before a foul halts his progress. It's been a bit of a stop-start affair so far.
25 - Tiote drills a long-range effort harmlessly over.
22 - Boka slides in timeously to deny the influential Cuadrado a shot on goal in the box.
20 - Still goalless at Estadio Nacional, with Colombia looking the more likely to score.
17 - Zokora just about clears a menacing low cross from the right by Cuadrado. That could have gone anywhere.
15 - Tiote clatters into Gutierrez in a robust aerial exchange in midfield. Referee Webb correctly rules in favour of the latter. There will certainly be no shortage of physicality out there.
12 - Zokora makes a crucial intervention at the back for the Ivorians following a swift Colombian breakaway.
9 - Cuadrado scuffs a shot from inside the box after some incisive play down the right for the South Americans.
6 - First chance of the game as Gutierrez - who netted against Greece - drags a first-time shot wide of the target from the edge of the area.
5 - Both sides appear wary of commiting numbers going forward at this stage, no doubt there is some mutual respect out there.
4 - It's a similar story at the other end as Boka chases a cross-field ball in vain.
2 - Colombia recycle possession at the back before overhitting a long ball intended for the energetic Cuadrado.
1 - The Elephants kick things off!
We are set to get underway, with English referee Howard Webb officiating proceedings.
Some serious faces out there, understandably so, this isn't a game of five-a-side with your work mates.
Now it is the turn of the Ivorians, who of course are carrying the hopes of a continent on their backs.
The players make their way out on to the field, with Colombia first to deliver their national anthem.
Iconic Ivorian Didier Drogba is again denied a starting place, despite his impact off the bench in the 2-1 win over Japan. Max Gradel takes the place of another ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou.
Colombia have named the same side that dispatched Greece 3-0 in their tournament opener, with their skipper Mario Yepes winning his 100th cap.
The teams have been announced:
Colombia: Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuniga, Gutierrez.
Ivory Coast: Barry, Boka, Zokora, Tiote, Gradel, Aurier, Y Toure (c), Serey, Bamba, Gervinho, Bony.