Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 19, 2014

Colombia's Teofilo Gutierrez (9) celebrates with teammates Cristian Zapata, (2) Pablo Armero (7) and Victor Ibarbo, right, after scoring during the group C World Cup soccer match against Greece at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Colombia edged Ivory Coast 2-1 in Brasilia following a breathless second half at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha.

James Rodriguez opened the scoring from a corner, and substitute Juan Quintero doubled the South Americans’ advantage following a mistake from Serey Die.

But Les Elephants weren’t done yet, and Gervinho pulled them back to within a goal with an exceptional, swerving effort that culminated in a fine finish inside the near post.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Colombia Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-TimeFull-Time
David Ospina77
Juan Zuniga76
Mario Yepes88
Cristian Zapata78
Pablo Armero66
Abel Aguilar76
Carlos Sanchez67
Juan Cuadrado78
James Rodriguez78
Victor Ibarbo55
Teofilo Gutierrez56
Juan QuinteroN/A7
Santiago AriasN/A6
Alexander MejiaN/A6
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Half-time analysis for Colombia

David Ospina: Only one save to make in the first half.

Juan Zuniga: Combining nicely with Cuadrado down the right.

Mario Yepes: Hasn't put a foot wrong on the occasion of his 100th cap.

Cristian Zapata: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.

Pablo Armero: Four tackles on the defensive side of the ball as he deals with Aurier.

Abel Aguilar: Springing plenty of counter-attacks.

Carlos Sanchez: Made an important tackle on Yaya Toure.

Juan Cuadrado: Causing all sorts of problems to the right of the Ivorian goal.

James Rodriguez: Pulling all the strings whenever Colombia are in possession.

Victor Ibarbo: His late giveaway nearly proved costly.

Teofilo Gutierrez: Delivered one of the misses of the tournament in the 28th minute.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Mario Yepes of Colombia celebrates with teammates after defeating the Ivory Coast 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Braz
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Full-Time analysis for Colombia

David Ospina: Had to be razor sharp to deny Drogba late on.

Juan Zuniga: Found Gervinho to be more than a handful after the restart.

Mario Yepes: Was heroic at times but nearly caused an equaliser when he gave the ball away to Drogba.

Cristian Zapata: Won all his aerial battles and contributed a trio of important tackles.

Pablo Armero: Replaced by the fresher legs of Arias with 18 minutes remaining.

Abel Aguilar: Was overwhelmed in midfield in the second period and committed a pair of fouls.

Carlos Sanchez: Strong in the air and physical in his challenges.

Juan Cuadrado: Delivered the corner that Rodriguez headed into goal.

James Rodriguez: Opened the scoring with a fine header past Barry.

Victor Ibarbo: Touched the ball just 20 times and was generally quite poor.

Teofilo Gutierrez: Unselfishly passed the ball to Quintero to set up what proved to be the winner.

Juan Quintero: Scored the winner and then quite nearly found the back of the net from the half-way line.

Santiago Arias: Didn’t misplace a pass but was really put under the cosh by Aurier.

Alexander Mejia: Just three touches after he came on for the final 11 minutes.

Ivory Coast Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-TimeFull-Time
Boubacar Barry76
Serge Aurier88
Didier Zokora87
Sol Bamba77
Arthur Boka67
Serey Die65
Yaya Toure77
Cheick Tiote77
Gervinho68
Wilfried Bony55
Max Gradel66
Didier DrogbaN/A6
Salomon KalouN/A5
Mathis BollyN/A6
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Half-time analysis for Ivory Coast

Boubacar Barry: Like Ospina, only one save for him so far.

Serge Aurier: Marauding down the right-hand side once again.

Didier Zokora: Several vital clearances from the veteran.

Sol Bamba: Distribution out of defense has been exceptional.

Arthur Boka: Not enough touches; needs to combine better with Gradel.

Serey Die: Couldn't contain his emotions during the Ivorian national anthem.

Yaya Toure: Showing signs of getting back to his Premier League form.

Cheick Tiote: Flashed a shot over the crossbar after Yaya Toure set him up.

Gervinho: Too many wasteful giveaways.

Wilfried Bony: Had a late shooting chance and should have done better.

Max Gradel: Short corner was abysmal.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Serge Aurier of the Ivory Coast dribbles past Santiago Arias of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo
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Full-Time analysis for Ivory Coast

Boubacar Barry: Quite nearly caught off his line by Quintero.

Serge Aurier: Dominated the right-hand side of the pitch.

Didier Zokora: Will miss the Greece match through suspension.

Sol Bamba: Won all his aerial battles.

Arthur Boka: Picked up an assist on the Gervinho goal.

Serey Die: Committed the error that allowed Gutierrez and Quintero to combine for the winner.

Yaya Toure: Showed a willingness to run at opponents, but still not himself.

Cheick Tiote: Distribution was good but he picked up a late booking.

Gervinho: Shimmied in and out of a crowd of yellow shirts before beating Ospina with a delightful finish.

Wilfried Bony: Didn’t take a single shot.

Max Gradel: Only one shot, and it missed the target.

Didier Drogba: His late opportunity was smothered by Ospina.

Salomon Kalou: Had a good chance after being set up by Gervinho but shot right at Ospina.

Mathis Bolly: Offered a late aerial threat as the crosses rained in.