COLOMBIA 2 – 1 IVORY COAST

The best African team in the World Cup have suffered their first defeat.

The strength of Ivory Coast’s squad did not shine through into their performance as they were unlucky to come away from this game with no points.

It was not a very exciting game and took until well into the second half to even see the first goal of the match.

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Colombia only opened the scoring shortly after the hour mark as James Rodriguez managed to find the net with a header from a corner around 64 minutes. While Ivory Coast were still shaken up, a second would be added by Colombia within another ten minutes and although Gervinho managed to score for his country in an attempt to stage a comeback and get at least 1 point, it would be the only goal of the game for Ivory Coast and they would lose 2-1.  Despite the loss, Ivory Coast still have 3 points from their first win (against Japan) and are second in their group, with Japan and Greece both below them on only 1 point, gained from their goalless draw recently. The Colombians seem likely to top the table and qualify as leader of group C as they have 6 points from 2 games played. Ivory Coast are most likely to come in second and still qualify for the knockout stage. I hope to see them in the last 16.

Gervinho has now managed to score in two consecutive World Cup games for Ivory Coast

Gervinho has now managed to score in two consecutive World Cup games for Ivory Coast

KEY PLAYERS: James Rodriguez was on fine form for the Colombians and opened the scoring with a great header, delivered from a corner.

Gervinho was by far the best player on the Ivory Coast team and has managed to score in at least two consecutive games for his country now.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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