Colombia vs. Ivory Coast: Goals and Highlights from Group C Match

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJune 19, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia controls the ball against Sol Bamba of the Ivory Coast 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 by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Colombia moved atop Group C with a thrilling 2-1 victory over a resilient Ivory Coast side. 

The Colombians are in a commanding spot to advance into the knockout stages with six points through two matches, while Les Elephants are still in contention with three points. 

Colombia will finish against Japan, while the Ivory Coast will face Greece. 

James Rodriguez put Colombia ahead in the 64th minute with a header off of a corner kick. 

J-ROD!!! Colombia 1-0 https://t.co/KEWQUcE9wE

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 19, 2014

Juan Quintero doubled the lead shortly thereafter in the 70th minute, with a clean finish to put the Colombians in a commanding position. 

2-0 Colombia https://t.co/5D94AtVb04

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 19, 2014

Just as Colombia appeared bound for three points, Gervinho put the Ivory Coast right back in the thick of things with a fantastic solo effort in the 74th minute, to bring Les Elephants back within a goal at 2-1.

Gervinho incredible goal #Colombia 2 #ivorycoast 1 https://t.co/YYXgeZbBgR

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 19, 2014

Quintero nearly put the match away for good with an ambitious, and nearly incredible, strike; catching Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry off his line. 

 

Quintero almost scored a ridiculous goal earlier in the second-half.https://t.co/lxNzK6Ud2B

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 19, 2014

 

Neither team scored in the first half, but there were still plenty of highlights.

Early on, there was a giant ball on the pitch. 

New #WorldCup ball? pic.twitter.com/UVILmhUq1M

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 19, 2014

Juan Zuniga got the best of former Arsenal lighting rod Gervinho, but, ultimately, his exploits led to a corner kick. 

El caño que le tiró Zuñiga a Gervinho. https://t.co/eUPxA75DUS

— Fútbol Vines (@FutboolVines) June 19, 2014

Teofilo Gutierrez had the best scoring chance of the half, but completely missed his opportunity right in front of the net. 

Here's that Gutierrez opportunity. He will wish he had that one back! #COL https://t.co/1dXGRQLfXG

— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) June 19, 2014

 

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