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World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast

World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast

Match Date: 19 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília

(Featured Image: Colombia | Source: Zimbio)

 

Colombia and Ivory Coast are meeting for the very first time. With no history to serve as backdrop in this fixture, all assumptions as to how their match will end shall boil down to their respective form and past records.

 

Colombia

In spite of Radamel Falcao’s absence, Colombia proved that they are not a one-man squad. The side won over Greece in a resounding three-goal clean sheet. Pablo Armero put Los Cafeteros in front less than five minutes into the match but the Greeks responded well by producing an influx of opportunities throughout the rest of the first half. Panagiotis Kone and Giorgos Samaras both fought hard to test Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina’s skills but to no avail. Teófilo Gutiérrez doubled the lead for José Pékerman’s ensemble in the second half. James Rodríguez wrapped up the win in stoppage time with an impressive late rally.

 

Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba proved once again that he is the centerpiece of the Ivorian football scenery, not because he scored the two winning goals against Japan in Group C but because he provided a major scare to their Asian rivals. The first half was dominated by Japan through Honda’s 16th-minute opener. In the second half, however, Ivory Coast retaliated with best stunners they could ever produce. Aurier became instrumental to the goals scored by Bony and Gervinho, having provided the crucial passes that made them among the group-stage favorites in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

World Cup betting tip: Colombia could pull off another triumph against Ivory Coast.

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