This Group C encounter pits the two winners in a head-to-head for the top spot. Columbia breezed past Greece in their opening game while the Ivory Coast narrowly edged Japan.
Both of these teams will be looking to gain an advantage going into their final group games as an encounter with the Group F victors is ahead in the Round of 16 match – and I doubt either of these team would fancy Italy in the knock-out stages (who we all expect to finish top).
Didier Drogba is likely to once again start on the bench with Sabri Lamouchi, the Ivory Coast coach, looking at an attacking trio of Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Wilfried Bony again. They proved a significantly formidable team in their opening match with Japan and certainly haven’t hurt their own chances of getting the nod again. However, Drogba may feel his final half hour impacted the team more and he isn’t 100% fit.
Thursday’s 5pm kick-off at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia will be the first ever game between Colombia and Ivory Coast – and Jose Pekerman’s troops will be in high spirits following their 3-0 demolition of Greece in their opening game. Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, who started on the bench against the Greeks, has a leg injury and will be out for the rest of the World Cup group stages, with Falcao also missing out, the South Americans are a little bit make-shift now.
CIV are knocking on the door now. Some great play but that final ball continues to elude them.
Gervinho finally justifies his Brazilian style nickname, by receiving the ball on the left, beating three players, staying on his feet in the box, and firing past Ospina who gets a hand to it, but is still beaten on his near post.
Maybe I said that two seconds too quickly. Gervinho scores to make it two-one.
Quality run and finish.
Looks like Columbia will shut up shop down.
And now its 2-0. Serey Die gets caught in possession from a Cote D’Ivoire corner, by James Rodriguez, he races away and times his through ball to Quintero to perfection. Quintero is one on one with the keeper, and doubles the lead. Not the two goal burst the Cote D’Ivoire expected after Drogba came on.
This game has suddenly opened up. Ivory Coast are making an impression on the game.
And as Mark says that James Rodriguez heads in from a corner. Boubacar Barry gets a hand to it but can’t stop it.
If I could ‘like’ a post it would have just happened.
If only he was using the Twitter World Cup feature….
I’m still waiting for Lawrenson’s first Wayne’s World reference of the match – Not!
Not sure why he started doing it, because he didn’t do it when the film came out. He only started doing it around 2008
Lawrenson will use the lateness of the team sheets as the reason why he’s co-commentary has been so uninformative.
Its been a strong attacking match but generally the keepers haven’t had much to worry about.
That’s my Cuadrado submission
The South American front line is blisteringly quick.
Cuadrado has been outstanding for Fiorentina this season. His pace and vision really give him that extra zap that Columbia will need in the knockout stages (if they make it – which they should).
On the subject of officials – Mark Geiger has had two fantastic games so far.
Steve Wilson reckons its great to see the English officials at last – presumably he’s the only once who has forgotten their performance in their last World Cup game.
Oh good, Mark is back to guide us through the action…. why didn’t people pay more attention to the wonderful Danny Murphy?
Welcome Football Fans!
Today marks a tie between the two teams vying for top spot in Group C. Both teams have an abundance of attacking talent but suffer from their own defensive frailties. It should be a fantastic contest.