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Rodríguez, Quintero Down Elephants

World Cup

Group C 

Result: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast 

Date: 19 June 2014

Venue: Estadio Nacional

The win moves Colombia to the top of Group C with six points, while the Elephants remain in second on three points.

The opening 25 minutes of the first half proved to be a poor and scrappy affair, as both sides were wasteful in possession and struggling with the final ball in the last third.

Gutierrez should opened the scoring in the 28th minute, the striker, who was unmarked in the box, was picked out by James Rodriguez but managed to skew his effort well wide of the target.

Serge Arier had the Elephants first effort on in the 31st minute, as the fullback skipped past Mario Yepes before firing a left-footed strike straight at David Ospina.

And that was as good as it got in the first for either side.

Cuadrado nearly opened the scoring in the 58th minute, the winger skipped past his marker before rifling an effort onto the upright.

Colombia eventually took the lead in the 65th minute, as James Rodriguez rose highest to head home Cuadrado's corner.

Five minutes later and the lead was doubled, as the Elephants were dispossessed in the midfield, Gutierrez played in Juan Quintero, who showed great composure to slot past Barry.

Ivory Coast reduced the deficit minutes later, as a moment of individual brilliance from Gervinho, saw the winger dribble past three Colombian defenders before blasting past Ospina.

Quintero nearly added a third in the 88th minute, the midfielder spotted Barry off his line before trying the lob the Elephant's number one, but Barry got back to gather the ball.

The Ivorians pushed on for the equaliser but the Colombian defence stood firm, most notably captain, Mario Yepes.

It was a sad day for the Ivorians, no more so than for Serey Die, who played the full game, despite reportedly finding out about his father's death just hours before the game. Die showed his emotions as he cried through the national anthem.


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