Colombia defeat Ivory Coast to almost guarantee a place in the knockout stages.

Date: June 19, 2014

Result: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

Scorers:

Colombia:

  • James Rodriguez 64
  • Juan Quintero 69

Ivory Coast:

  • Gervinho  73

 

VenueEstadio Nacional, Brasilia

Attendance: 68,748

 

Match overview: Ivory Coast have not made it past the group stage in either of their two previous World Cup campaigns. Colombia have only made it past the group stage in one of their four previous World Cups. This was in 1990 where Cameroon eliminated them in the round of 16.

Key moment: The introduction of Salomon Kalou, who injected much needed urgency into the Ivory Coast’s attacking play. With his arrival the African side were finally on the front foot, and by the time the final whistle went could consider themselves unlucky not to have earned a point.

Man of the match: James Rodríguez. Fast emerging as the one of the stars of the tournament. The 22-year-old opened the scoring with a firm header and set up the second with a perfectly weighted pass to Juan Quintero. Monaco have a little gem on their hands.

Matter of fact: James Rodriguez has scored in each of his last four appearances for Colombia.

Talking point: Colombia, even without the injured Radamel Falcao are a vibrant attacking force and in James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado they have the players to trouble anyone. Of the African teams at Brazil 2014, the Ivory Coast look not only the most talented, but also the most committed.

 

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Colombia 11
  • Ivory Coast 15

On target

  • Colombia 7
  • Ivory Coast 11

Corners

  • Colombia 5
  • Ivory Coast 5

Line-ups:

Colombia:

  • 01 Ospina
  • 18 Zuñiga
  • 07 Armero (Arias – 72′ )
  • 06 Sánchez
  • 02 Zapata
  • 03 Yepes
  • 11 Cuadrado
  • 08 Aguilar (Mejía – 79′ )
  • 09 Gutiérrez
  • 10 Rodríguez
  • 14 Ibarbo (Quintero – 53′ )

Ivory Coast:

  • 01 Barry
  • 17 Aurier
  • 03 Boka
  • 20 Gonzaroua Die (Bolly – 73′ )
  • 05 Zokora Booked
  • 22 Bamba
  • 15 Gradel (Kalou – 67′ )
  • 09 Tioté Booked
  • 12 Bony (Drogba – 60′ )
  • 19 Y Touré
  • 10 Gervinho

 

Scorers:

Colombia:

  • James Rodriguez 64
  • Juan Quintero 69

Ivory Coast:

  • Gervinho  73

 

Yellow cards:

Ivory Coast:

  • Zokora 55, Tiote 90

Referee: Howard Webb (England)