2 - 1
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Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasília
19/06/2014 18:00

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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.

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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.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-06-19 15:53:50

The Elephants

posted: 2014-06-19 16:29:38

Will the Elephant do us proud or continue with their choking tendencies?

posted: 2014-06-19 16:47:22

Ivory coast will qualify don't wory guys

posted: 2014-06-19 17:41:24

Mxm let m follow on ssp...Editor we dnt hv gezi here , loadshedding yamasimba...so please be precise wt ur updates...headline reads 2-1 n detailed 2-0

posted: 2014-06-19 17:44:27

Whiskey on the job...I gv up... Will c da final score n watch da highlights. Adios

Three 3
posted: 2014-06-19 17:52:04

Salmon Kalou is a choker he is costing the beautiful Ivorians

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-06-19 18:07:06

Yah neh ! African teams never fail to disappoint. Same old story. African teams have the skills but lack of discipline is their main undoing. Many a time African teams lose matches they could have easily won simply because when a striker needs to pass the ball to a team mate who is in good position to score he will chose to score himself. Tonite we saw an Ivorian player needlessly trying to dribble an opponent and losing possession resulting in a goal. Sh*t.

posted: 2014-06-20 06:25:10

the columbian side is awesome ivory played well we still in good position to qualify no need to panic ma africa

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