Ivory Coast

Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Clinical Colombians cast aside Cote d’Ivorie

Colombia continued their 100% record in the 2014 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast. Goals from James Rodriguez  and Juan Fernando Quintero made Gervinho’s goal in reply only mere consolation.

Tricolor were slow to get out of gear but found full throttle after 64 minutes when Rodriguez headed in from Juan Guillermo Cuadrado’s corner.

Substitute Quintero doubled the lead six minutes later when Colombia accelerated on the counter attack. Teofilo Gutierrez had options left and right and opted right to Quintero who sealed the win.

Gervinho hit back soon after, just three minutes after the game looked dead and buried when he cleverly jinked past two Colombian defenders and then beat David Ospina at his near post.

Party time: Juan Quintero settles the tie and the celebration of the tournament ensues.

Party time: Juan Quintero settles the tie and the celebration of the tournament ensues.

The first half was a cagey affair with the only main chance coming to Gutierrez who spooned a shot wide when he was in space – a poor miss.

Despite increased pressure the Ivory Coast couldn’t find the much needed leveler and now face a crucial match against Greece to decide their fate.

Didier Zokora will miss the game through suspension however as he picked up his second booking in two games.

Colombia meanwhile play Japan knowing just a draw will cement themselves as group winners whatever happens in Japan’s game against Greece later on today.

Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

Two goals in quick succession secured a superb turnaround by the Ivory Coast against Japan as Didier Drogba and co joined Colombia on three points in Group C

Japan raced into a 1-0 lead after Keisuke Honda motored through the back four and hit a driven shot into the top corner with 16 minutes on the clock.

The Ivory Coast drew lever with twenty five minutes when Serge Aurier’s sweeping cross by headed in by a charging Wilfried Bony, the goal.

Amazingly the West Africans took the lead straight after, another Aurier cross from a similar position was headed in by Gervinho this time and withing two minutes the Ivory Coast had gone from one goal down to one goal up.

Didier Drogba had entered the fray just after the hour and his introduction clearly had an impact, although not having a direct impact in the goals, Drogba’s arrival seemed to lift the team as a whole.

He had a chance of his own in the last ten minutes but his free-kick was tipped wide by Eiji Kawashima.

A shot of his was also deflected past the goalmouth with five minutes remaining.

Following Honda’s goal, Japan were the team in a different gear early on, Atsuto Uchida almost doubled Japan’s advantage five minutes later after he jinked inside one Ivorian defender but could only shoot straight at Boubacar Barry who steered it away.

Yaya Toure was the driving force for Cote d’Ivorie, firing a free-kick over the bar and setting up Solomon Kalou who wasted a chance.

Arthur Boka rifled one from range that Kawashima parried out only as far as Wilfried Bony but the Swansea man was offside.

Kalou had a golden opportunity just before half time but his header was misjudged and sailed well wide when the ‘keeper should have been tested.

Despite his early goal, Japan’s play-maker Honda stalled for the rest of the game, couldn’t build on their lead and were ultimately punished by the ability of the forwards at the disposal of Sabri Lamouchi’s and his side.