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World Cup Group C match report Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

Posted: 19 June 2014 Time: 20:25

Colombia won back-to-back World Cup games for the first time in their history following a thrilling 2-1 defeat of Group C rivals Ivory Coast in Brasilia on Thursday.

The South Americans, who dispatched Greece 3-0 in their tournament opener, prevailed again via second-half goals from young sensations James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero, while Gervinho pulled one back for the Elephants with a superb solo effort.

Colombia's victory takes them within touching distance of the knockout stages of the event, with the Ivorians now needing to impress in their final pool match against the Greeks on Tuesday. The Africans, though, will be without Didier Zokora, who is suspended after receiving his second caution of the competition.

READ: All the action as it happened

The opening stanza was a cagey affair, with little to speak of save for Teofilo Gutierrez's horror miss from five yards out after being teed up by the dangerous Juan Cuadrado. 

The contest ignited after the interval, as both sides surged forward with intent.

Colombia took the initiative just past the hour-mark, as Cuadrado's shot struck the woodwork before his telling corner was headed in by Rodriguez in the 64th minute.

Substitute Quintero doubled the lead six minutes later with a clinical one-on-one finish following a mistake at the back by Serey Die.

The Ivorians hit back in the 73rd minute, as Gervinho beat three defenders before rifling the ball home for one of the goals of the tournament.

Yaya Toure and Co. pressed in the latter stages, but were unable to breach a resolute Colombian rearguard, led admirably by 38-year-old captain Mario Yepes in his 100th international outing.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-06-19 18:41:20

Ivory Coast and Colombia will advance

Bucs4Champion
posted: 2014-06-19 18:57:01

These African teams are an embarrassment to our continent, I mean our performance and results are shocking to say the least. When will an African team get to the semis?

mountainking
posted: 2014-06-19 21:04:13

Same story with african teams.all of the first 11 play in europe where supposedly they meet better competition from other players.where does the problem lie?a topic for another millenia perhaps...

Bucs Passion
posted: 2014-06-20 04:57:52

African futbol is going nowhere with that kind of errors made by the Ivorians esp that lead to the 2nd goal

Leta
posted: 2014-06-20 05:34:45

Tough luck to Ivory Coast, they played well, if they can finish their chances and minimise those errors  they will qualify. what a goal by Gervino 

khosimynation
posted: 2014-06-20 06:31:07

Good game unlucky for Ivory Coast. A good thing is a draw might just be enough against Greece because Colombia most probably will beat Japan.

Phenyoza
posted: 2014-06-20 06:59:55

khosimynation Japan will most probably beat Columbia... Ivory Coast put themselves in a tough situation


Three 3
posted: 2014-06-20 07:04:54

good show by the Ivorians they have it to go far in this tournament

i want to see the irrepressible Drogba and that Bony together that could be lethal

asiye......

khosimynation
posted: 2014-06-20 07:17:08

Phenyoza Maybe but its hard to believe Colombia are a decent side. Yesterday it felt like Ivorians were playing Colombia at home we saw that with Uruguay as well. Ivorians should be proud that Bony guy is just not worthy of the hype created. I think Drogba should be in the starting lineup up.

Beerginner
posted: 2014-06-20 07:24:29

African players have a mental problem, individually Ivory coast have the best talent than Colombia, they should be winning such games

Leta
posted: 2014-06-20 07:42:57

I don't see Greece beating Ivory coast. I wish the Ivorian's can start with Bony and Drogba.

Signature
posted: 2014-06-20 09:18:42

Colombia will reach quarter finals.

K252i
posted: 2014-06-20 11:08:40

but I think YAYA must stop having this prima donna attitude inside the field, he should fight hard to regain possession after losing the ball, instead he just strolls about while action happens around him when they have lost the ball. I hope they prevail for all of us on the continent.

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