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.
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.