World Cup pre-game: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
Both teams won opener
Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
- 12 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 19
- CBC TV, streaming online at cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
Both teams won their opener, but Colombia has one more goal. However, their striker Carlos Bacca is now hurt and will miss the Group stage as a minimum. Group C’s top spot is on the line.
Colombia: James Rodriguez. This young star was very strong in the opener, scoring their third goal and key to most of their plays throughout the match.
Ivory Coast: Didier Drogba. He came off the bench against Japan to help his team defeat Japan. He changes the game when on the pitch.
What to watch for
These two teams have never met. So there’s no history here.
But their respective managing staffs will be reviewing opening match tapes to prepare for this crucial second game.
They said it
“This is how we planned this match. Some things turned out the way we wanted, some things didn’t. But we were very focused and showed that we’re here to play a good World Cup.” — Colombia’s manager, Jose Pekerman, speaking after his squad beat Greece.
“You could see that it was very influential when he [Drogba] was on the pitch. He created space for the players." — Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi speaking to reporters after their first match.
The Big Number
46 — Colombia had possession only 46 per cent of the time against Greece. But they made the best of their time with the ball, scoring three times.
Obligatory Fun Fact
Most of the Colombian team danced together after Pablo Armero scored in the sixth minute against Greece. And why not? It was a very quick start for Los Cafeteros.