Colombia won its second group-stage match and has ensured a spot in the second round of the tournament. There are many positive aspects to highlight from Jose Pekerman's squad, but there is still room for improvement as well.
After defeating Ivory Coast 2-1 in Brasilia, it is clear that this Colombia is much more than just Radamel Falcao.
James Rodriguez is in extraordinary form. The Monaco playmaker is present in almost every Colombian attack and can score as well as create. Rodriguez is also in perfect tune with Juan Cuadrado and Teofilo Gutierrez, the quick combinations and movements from the trio demonstrate an impressive coordination that keeps the opposing defense in a state of constant alert.
Behind the Colombian main offensive weapons are two guarding shields that give balance to the team. Abel Aguilar and Carlos Sanchez can effectively take part in the creation of the South Americans' plays but can easily become fundamental in destroying the opposing team's build-up.
What was thought to be Colombia's weakest line, the defense, has proved to be solid enough to give confidence to the team on its constant search for the goal.
Its full-backs' attacking skills and synchronization with the upper lines have given Colombia's offense a full range of options in attack. Mario Yepes might be old and have speed limitations, but the veteran center back has taken over the guidance of the defense with great mastery and an unmatchable sense of location that allows him to be at the right place at the right time.
There are many things to praise from the already historic Colombia's performance, but if it wants to go further than the team did in Italy '90, there are a few things that could still be adjusted.
Here are four things that Colombia must change after its triumph over Ivory Coast.