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|
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.
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|
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.
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.