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Ivory Coast slowed by Colombia as Elephants lose 2-1

Published on: 19 June 2014
Ivory Coast were beaten 2-1 by Colombia.

Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the brink of the knockout stage.

James Rodriguez's powerful header from a corner in the 64th minute was quickly followed by a low finish by substitute Juan Quintero, securing the South Americans' second straight win in Group C in front of a partisan pro-Colombian crowd.

Gervinho reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute with a superb run and shot inside the near post, but the Ivory Coast could not find an equalizer despite a strong finish.

A point against Japan in its third game will definitely seal qualification for Colombia but it could be secured before that, depending on the result of Japan-Greece later Thursday.


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  • aa says:
    June 20, 2014 07:36 am
    It is called mental slavery!
  • anokwale says:
    June 19, 2014 09:22 pm
    1. At least they competed and it was a good game. 2. They are still in it. 3. African fan base is way too negative.
  • PeeWee says:
    June 19, 2014 08:25 pm
    This doesn't surprise anybody, African teams are going nowhere...not a single one of them would go past the first round. Its a waste of public fans to send African teams to the world cup.
  • selfmade says:
    June 19, 2014 07:37 pm
    Asem... That's a great observation but the issue is not about playing possession football to maintain their shape but rather how we grew up playing football in narrow places! We lack decent football fields in Africa and we tend to play in narrow places and this makes our players move to one portion of the field to exchange passes instead of spreading play! This has been in our bane and forest the man u scout call this ' A RARE PHENOMENON'... The Europeans ll always beat us because they understand our game more than we do! Most European clubs converts most of our strikers or any African player into a defensive midfielder because they understand our own game than us!! Is a case of, U CANT TEACH AN OLD DOG A NEW TRICK! Africa needs the youth to take over FOOTBALL because the old men in charge doesn't understand modern football!
  • Asem says:
    June 19, 2014 07:02 pm
    l think for Africa teams to keep their team shape for duration of a match,they need to play around 40% of posession !
  • beautiful says:
    June 19, 2014 06:47 pm
    O Africa
  • selfmade says:
    June 19, 2014 06:50 pm
    Another USELESS AND GOOD FOR NOTHING AFRICA FOOTBALL NATION! In fact the most useless and good for nothing football continent in the WC is Africa! If naija, civ and algeria cannot make the second round in this WC from their weak group, then FIFA should reduce our WC slot!! Ghana ll destroy its good WC record in Brazil!