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Colombia Beats Ivory Coast, Now In Great Position To Advance

Colombia holds on to beat Ivory Coast, 2-1. Colombia can now advance to the knockout round with a Japan win or draw vs. Greece.

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Colombia holds on to beat Ivory Coast, 2-1. Colombia can now advance to the knockout round with a Japan win or draw vs. Greece.

Late chance for Ivory Coast! But to no avail.

Ivory Coast player tries to pick Colombia’s Cuadrado off the turf. We’re now in injury time with Colombia still up 2-1.

Colombia clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the 2nd half.

Gervinho cuts the lead in half. Goal Ivory Coast. Now trailing 2-1.

Colombia scores again, up 2-0

Colombia celebrates the first goal.

Goal Colombia! 1-0

Drogba coming in.

Colombia hits the post!

Wilfried Bony misses on an acrobatic attempt for Ivory Coast. Still all even, 0-0.

First yellow card of the match goes against Ivory Coast.

 

Juan Quintero coming in for Colombia.

Gervinho gets free but runs out of space and can’t capitalize for Ivory Coast.

2nd half underway. No Didier Drogba yet for Ivory Coast (but it’s only a matter of time).

It’s deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime of Ivory Coast vs. Colombia.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Ivory Coast with a great scoring opportunity after a sloppy Colombia turnover. The Elephants’ counterattacking has looked strong in the first half.

Colombia almost went up 1-0 on this wonderful chance in the box, but Gutierrez flubbed it. Ivory Coast very lucky to be all even 0-0.

Teofilo Gutierrez blows and unbelievably good chance for Colombia.

 

Colombia dominating ball control, but they can’t break the Ivory Coast defense. 0-0.

Nearly halfway through the first half of Colombia vs. Ivory Coast. Still all square, 0-0.

A nice attack by Colombia, but Ivory Coast holds. Still even in the 14th minute.

Giant ball balloon finds its way onto the pitch. 0-0 early in the first half.

Didier Drogba not starting for Ivory Coast for the second straight match. He came off the bench vs. Greece and made a big impact. Expect to see him subbing in again today.

And we’re off…

Ivory Coast players and fans during their side’s national anthem.

 

Ivory Coast beat Japan in their opening World Cup match, 2-1.

Ivory Coast’s Gervinho celebrates with his teammate Didier Drogba after scoring their side’s second goal vs. Japan. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Colombia defeated Greece in their opening World Cup match, 3-0.

Colombia’s James Rodriguez (10) celebrates with his teammate Juan Zuniga after scoring his side’s third goal vs. Greece. AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

Here are the starting line-ups for Ivory Coast and Colombia.

 

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