Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: Live Player Ratings

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Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: Live Player Ratings
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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
Player Half-Time Full-Time
David Ospina 7 7
Juan Zuniga 7 6
Mario Yepes 8 8
Cristian Zapata 7 8
Pablo Armero 6 6
Abel Aguilar 7 6
Carlos Sanchez 6 7
Juan Cuadrado 7 8
James Rodriguez 7 8
Victor Ibarbo 5 5
Teofilo Gutierrez 5 6
Juan Quintero N/A 7
Santiago Arias N/A 6
Alexander Mejia N/A 6


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.

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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
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Boubacar Barry 7 6
Serge Aurier 8 8
Didier Zokora 8 7
Sol Bamba 7 7
Arthur Boka 6 7
Serey Die 6 5
Yaya Toure 7 7
Cheick Tiote 7 7
Gervinho 6 8
Wilfried Bony 5 5
Max Gradel 6 6
Didier Drogba N/A 6
Salomon Kalou N/A 5
Mathis Bolly N/A 6


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.

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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.

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