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World Cup pre-game: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast

After both teams won their openers, Colombia and Ivory Coast meet in a key Group C match Thursday at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (CBC, CBC.ca/FIFAWorldCup, 11:30 a.m. ET).

Both teams won opener

Didier Drogba, right, will be an important factor for the Ivory Coast as it tries to secure a spot in the Round of 16. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters )

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.

Impact players

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.

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