Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld 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.