World Cup Brazil: Colombia beats Côte d'Ivoire and is approaching final sixteen
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 25, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — Again
Colombia did win a match at World Cup 2014 in Brazil. After the 3-0 victory over Greece in the first
World Cup soccer match of Group C, this time Côte d'Ivoire was defeated: 2-1. All goals in the National Stadium of Brazil's capital Brasilia were scored after halftime.
The first half offered little excitement. Only in the beginning of the match Colombia had some small chances to score. The only 100% chance for the Colombians came after half an hour.
Teófilo Gutiérrez had the opening goal on his feet, but he missed the ball entirely. On the side of Côte d'Ivoire, there was little danger. There was a shot of Cheick Tiote, but that ball went over.
After the break, both
soccer teamsbegan energetically from the start.
Sixty minutes into the game, coach Sabri Lamouchi brought in the African star player Didier Drogba, 36 years of age now.
Unfortunately, his comeback did not have the desired effect. Four minutes later, it was spot on for Colombia.
James Rodríguezheaded the ball from a corner. A few minutes later, the Colombians could redo their now traditional soccer dance when Juan Quintero was responsible for the second goal: 2-0.
Less than five minutes later, the tying goal from Gervinho was a beauty: after a wonderful solo he scored 2-1. Another wonder goal was in the making when Quintero hit the ball from the center line toward Côte d'Voire's cage, but the goalkeeper could just save.
Colombia is nearly through to the second round, Côte d'Ivoire has to decide with Japan and Greece which other soccer team of Group C will survive at
World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Matches & Standings Group C - World Cup 2014