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Drogba on bench again for Ivory Coast v Colombia

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Didier Drogba will start on the bench again for Ivory Coast in its Group C match against Colombia in the World Cup on Thursday.

The country's captain and record scorer turned the game for the Ivorians when he came on as a substitute in their 2-1 opening win over Japan, but Wilfried Bony is again preferred as the lone striker.

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi's only change sees Max Gradel start in place of the more attacking Salomon Kalou.

Colombia is unchanged from the team that started the 3-0 win over Greece in its first match, despite midfielder Fredy Guarin being available again after serving a one-match ban.


Colombia: David Ospina, Juan Zuniga, Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Victor Ibarbo, Teofilo Gutierrez.

Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry, Serge Aurier, Arthur Boka, Souleymane Bamba, Didier Zokora, Cheikh Tiote, Serey Die, Yaya Toure, Max Gradel, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony.

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