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World Cup Match Report: Colombia hangs on for 2-1 win over Ivory Coast


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Instant Analysis

Colombia improved to 2-0-0 in Group C with a 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast. The match was scoreless through the first half, but the Colombians started grabbing more of the possession as the second half began. 

In the 59th minute, Colombia had a golden opportunity to open the scoring when Juan Guillermo Cuadrado’s shot went through Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry’s hands and off the far post. Minutes later, Colombia's dominance in possession would pay off.

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Off a corner kick in the 64th minute, James Rodriguez headed home his second goal of the tournament for a 1-0 lead. That started the party on the Colombia sideline. Six minutes later, the dancing would continue as Juan Quintero, who was subbed on in the 53rd minute, finished off a 2-on-1 as Los Cafeteros took advantage of an Ivory Coast turnover in midfield.

Gervinho got one back for The Elephants three minutes after Quintero’s goal to cut the Colombian lead to 2-1, where it would finish.

Man of the Match

James Rodriguez, Colombia -- Rodriguez has now scored twice in two wins for Los Cafeteros. His header opened the scoring after a period of Colombian dominance on the ball.

Buzzy Moment 

Colombia’s post-goal dancing. There may not be a better goal celebration at this World Cup.

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Midfielder Serey Die became emotional during the playing of the Ivory Coast national anthem.

What's Next

Colombia finishes group play on Tuesday against Japan, while the Ivory Coast faces off with Greece. Colombia could have Group C all wrapped up depending on the outcome of the Japan-Greece match. Should Greece win or draw Japan Tuesday night, Colombia is through.

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