Colombia too strong for Côte d’Ivoire

June 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Colombia, Colombia News, Côte d'Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire News, News
Estadio Nacional in Brasilia hosted the group C game between the Ivory Cost and South Americans Colombia and saw the Africans lose the tight encounter 2-1.

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The game started of mildly as both teams were finding their feet in the game. Colombian forward Teofilo Gutierrez quickly made a nuisance of himself for the Ivorian defence, especially for the experienced Côte d’Ivoire defender Didier Zokora.

Yaya Toure donned the captain’s armband again as regular skipper Didier Drogba was on the bench and the Manchester City man had a few attempts at goal but failed to really test the Colombian keeper.

The Colombians didn’t seem to have a clear plan as they counter-attacked the Ivorian goal after every Ivorian attempt on the other side of the pitch. The speedy Max Gradel wasted precious chances by not providing main striker Wilfried Bony with the best crosses. The half ended with both teams moderately threatening there opponent’s defence.

The second half provided much of the same with the game needing a catalyst to spark things. Colombia brought on young Fernando Quintero while Ivory Cost brought on the eagerly awaited Drogba from the bench.

21 year-old forward James Rodriguez found the back of the net to open the scoring for the Colombians to give the game much needed life.

The Ivorians looked a bit glum but Drogba’s fighting spirit ignited that of his teammates, even after a horrible mistake at the back that cost them a second goal in the 70th minute by the sensational Quintero.

Former Arsenal forward Gervinho scored what seemed like a comeback goal in the 73rd minute when he skilfully went past the Colombian defence inside the box. The game ended with the Colombians taking all three points as they won their first back-to-back games at a World Cup.

Bonginkosi Tiwane

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