Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Ex-Arsenal winger can’t prevent loss

Colombia 2 - 1 Côte d'Ivoire

  • 64" James Rodríguez
  • 70" Juan Quintero
  • 73" Gervinho

Ref: Howard Webb
Attendance: 68,748

Colombia Fan

Former Arsenal winger Gervinho scored a wonderful individual goal but couldn’t prevent Ivory Coast losing 2-1 to an impressive Colombia.

For the first hour of this game, very little happened. There were lots of half chances for both sides but the only real chance of the first half fell to Teofilo Gutirerrez after a brilliant James Rodriguez cross. However the River Plate forward could only scuff his volley wide instead of tucking away what was a relatively easy opportunity.

The game really came alive when Columbia’s Rodriguez powered in a header from a corner to send Colombian fans and players alike into pandemonium. They doubled their lead only 6 minutes later after a terrible defensive mistake lets in Gutierrez, at this point it’s three against two and Gutierrez lets in Juan Quintero to slot it past a hapless Barry.

At this point the game was well and truly alight and Gervinho produced a moment of individual brilliance. Skipping past 3 players into the box and then hammering it into the Colombia goal to set up an interesting last fifteen.

Ivory Coast hit them as hard they could but Colombia’s defence stayed solid and nearly countered and scored with a shot from the half way line.

Colombia will qualify tonight if Japan lose their game, Ivory Coast still remain favourites to go through.

Statistics

Colombia

Côte d'Ivoire

Possession

44.6%
55.4%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Colombia

  • David Ospina
  • Juan Zuñiga
  • Cristian Zapata
  • Mario Yepes
  • Pablo Armero
  • James Rodríguez
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
  • Abel Aguilar
  • Víctor Ibarbo
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Teófilo Gutiérrez

Substitutes

  • Adrián Ramos
  • Alexander Mejía
  • Eder Balanta
  • Jackson Martinez
  • Fredy Guarín
  • Carlos Carbonero
  • Carlos Valdés
  • Juan Quintero
  • Camilo Vargas
  • Santiago Arias
  • Faryd Mondragón

Côte d'Ivoire

  • Boubacar Barry
  • Serge Aurier
  • Arthur Boka
  • Souleymane Bamba
  • Didier Zokora
  • Max Gradel
  • Yaya Touré
  • Serey Die
  • Cheick Tioté
  • Gervinho
  • Wilfried Bony

Substitutes

  • Constant Djakpa
  • Giovanni Sio
  • Kolo Touré
  • Ismael Diomande
  • Sylvain Gbohouo
  • Salomon Kalou
  • Didier Drogba
  • Mathis Bolly
  • Ousmane Viera
  • Sayouba Mandé
  • Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro

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