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World Cup: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

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Highlights: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

Colombia clinched a last 16 place at the World Cup after beating Ivory Coast to secure their second win from as many Group C games.

James Rodriguez headed in a near post corner and Juan Quintero slotted home after Serey Die was caught in possession to put Los Cafeteros 2-0 up.

But Gervinho skipped past three Colombia defenders and powered in a shot to give Ivory Coast hope.

The Ivorians exerted some late pressure but Colombia fended them off to win.

With Japan and Greece drawing 0-0 in the later game, the win means the South Americans have reached the knockout stages for the first time since 1990.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, are still well-placed to reach the last 16 after their opening game win as they next face Greece.

Both sides could still face England in the next stage - should Roy Hodgson's men manage to get through their group - and produced an enthralling game which sparked to life after the break.

Colombia had the greater attacking intent and Teofilo Gutierrez should have put them ahead. Replays showed the striker was marginally offside but he was not flagged and failed to capitalise when he horribly mistimed a side-footed effort from eight yards.

Still, he was faring better than Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony. The Swansea City striker failed to touch the ball in the opposition half, most glaringly when he failed to connect with two crosses when well-placed either side of half time.

It was little surprise when he was replaced by Didier Drogba.

Colombia, though, proved more potent. An acute angled Juan Cuadrado strike was tipped on to the face of the crossbar by keeper Boubacar Barry before the South Americans scored.

Rodriguez powerfully headed in a Cuadrado corner for his second goal of the tournament.

Ivory Coast responded when Serge Aurier's cross almost sneaked in at the near post before being punched away by keeper David Ospina but the Elephants were the architects of their own downfall a few moments later.

Die was caught in possession and Gutierrez released substitute Quintero to slot in.

The Africans, who will be without makeshift centre-back Didier Zokora for their final group match against Greece after he picked up a second booking of the competition, raised themselves and reduced the deficit.

Gervinho cut into the Colombia box from the left flank and, after dancing past three tackles, drove in a shot.

The Ivorians pressed for an equaliser and Drogba was almost through on goal late on after a Mario Yepes mistake, only for keeper Ospina to rush out of his goal, clear the danger and ensure Colombia secured consecutive World Cup wins for the first time.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman:

"It is, of course, a huge pleasure to see Colombia coming to this level.

"First of all, we are at the World Cup after such a long period of time, and then having enjoyed consecutive victories with players who are here for the first time, so they are all very positive situations for us.

"However, we cannot start thinking ahead of time or what might be coming later on."

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi:

"I am not obsessed with Didier Drogba. If you look at the team, I have seen very interesting things from my players.

"It is just a few details that we missed, and that meant we lost the game."

He added: "My players did not deserve to lose, a draw would have been more deserved.

"It was a very experienced Colombian team who waited for us to make mistakes, unfortunately we made some and were hit in a hard way."

James Rodriguez is the second Colombian player to score in consecutive World Cup games
Ivory Coast have conceded two or more goals in five of their eight World Cup matches
Gervinho is the first Ivory Coast player to score in consecutive World Cup matches
Colombia fans dominated the stands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia

Line-ups

Colombia

  • 1Ospina
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 7ArmeroSubstituted forAriasat 72'minutes
  • 6Sánchez
  • 2Zapata
  • 3Yepes
  • 11Cuadrado
  • 8AguilarSubstituted forMejíaat 79'minutes
  • 9Gutiérrez
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 14IbarboSubstituted forQuinteroat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Arias
  • 5Carbonero
  • 12Vargas
  • 13Guarín
  • 15Mejía
  • 16Balanta
  • 19Ramos
  • 20Quintero
  • 21Martinez
  • 22Mondragón
  • 23Valdés

Ivory Coast

  • 1Barry
  • 17Aurier
  • 3Boka
  • 20Gonzaroua DieSubstituted forBollyat 73'minutes
  • 5ZokoraBooked at 55mins
  • 22Bamba
  • 15GradelSubstituted forKalouat 67'minutes
  • 9TiotéBooked at 90mins
  • 12BonySubstituted forDrogbaat 60'minutes
  • 19Y Touré
  • 10Gervinho

Substitutes

  • 2Diarrassouba
  • 4K Touré
  • 6Bolly
  • 7Akpa-Akpro
  • 8Kalou
  • 11Drogba
  • 14Diomande
  • 16Gbohouo
  • 18Djakpa
  • 21Sio
  • 23Mandé
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
68,748

Match Stats

Home TeamColombiaAway TeamIvory Coast
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Colombia 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colombia 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1.
Foul by Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire).
Mario Yepes (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cheick Tioté (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Juan Quintero (Colombia) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Arias.
Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Santiago Arias (Colombia).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Mario Yepes (Colombia) because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gervinho.
Attempt missed. Mathis Bolly (Côte d'Ivoire) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Serge Aurier with a cross.
Offside, Côte d'Ivoire. Serge Aurier tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.
Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Santiago Arias.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Alexander Mejía replaces Abel Aguilar.
Foul by Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire).
Juan Quintero (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Rodríguez (Colombia).
Attempt blocked. Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.
Attempt saved. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Teófilo Gutiérrez.

Goal!

Goal! Colombia 2, Côte d'Ivoire 1. Gervinho (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Arthur Boka.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Mathis Bolly replaces Serey Die.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Santiago Arias replaces Pablo Armero.
Foul by Cheick Tioté (Côte d'Ivoire).
Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Colombia 2, Côte d'Ivoire 0. Juan Quintero (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Teófilo Gutiérrez with a through ball following a fast break.
Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Teófilo Gutiérrez.
Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Serey Die.
Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by David Ospina.
Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Salomon Kalou replaces Max Gradel.
Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Abel Aguilar (Colombia).

Goal!

Goal! Colombia 1, Côte d'Ivoire 0. James Rodríguez (Colombia) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Souleymane Bamba.
Attempt blocked. Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado with a cross.
Corner, Colombia. Conceded by Didier Drogba.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Didier Drogba replaces Wilfried Bony.
Foul by Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire).
Pablo Armero (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Colombia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Quintero.
Attempt saved. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Juan Quintero.
Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).
Cheick Tioté (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Rodríguez (Colombia).
Offside, Colombia. Teófilo Gutiérrez tries a through ball, but Pablo Armero is caught offside.

Booking

Didier Zokora (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Didier Zokora (Côte d'Ivoire).
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).
Cristian Zapata (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colombia. Juan Quintero replaces Víctor Ibarbo because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Abel Aguilar (Colombia).
Gervinho (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Cristian Zapata (Colombia).
Foul by Cheick Tioté (Côte d'Ivoire).
Carlos Sánchez (Colombia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colombia 0, Côte d'Ivoire 0.
goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil211024
2Mexico211014
3Croatia210123
4Cameroon2002-50

B

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1Netherlands220056
2Chile220046
3Australia2002-30
4Spain2002-60

C

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1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan1001-10
4Greece1001-30

D

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1Costa Rica110023
2Italy110013
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

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1France110033
2Switzerland110013
3Ecuador1001-10
4Honduras1001-30

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina110013
2Iran101001
3Nigeria101001
4Bos-Herze1001-10

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany110043
2USA110013
3Ghana1001-10
4Portugal1001-40

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium110013
2Russia101001
3South Korea101001
4Algeria1001-10
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