FIFA World Cup: Colombia 2, Ivory Coast 1
Colombia moves to top of Group C
Without star Radamel Falcao, Colombia isn't having any problems finding the back of the net.
Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the FIFA 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.
What this means
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. Ivory Coast has three points after its opening win over Japan and can advance depending on the outcomoe of the final Group matches.
With supporters wearing yellow shirts dominating the stadium, it was effectively an away game for the Ivorians. "It was extraordinary," Rodriguez said, "it was very much in our favour that Colombia could win."
The crowd roared with relief at the final whistle after Ivory Coast's strong finish.
Man of the Match
James Rodriguez. The Colombian star had the opening goal on a crisp header and was dangerous for most of the match.