Brazil 2014 - Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire

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The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire.

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1st Round Matches at Brazil 2014.

Thursday, 19th June

Group Match - Colombia Sit Pretty

Group C

Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire in Brasilia.

Match Preview

Colombia and Côte d'Ivoire have never met before in international football competition.

This is Colombia's 5th World Cup Finals appearance and Croatia's third.

The Match

Colombia and Ivory Coast both started their 2014 campaigns with a victory.

The winner here could qualify for the knockout stage; if the later game, Japan vs Greece, ends in a draw.

Game on for South America versus West Africa, in the capital of Brazil.

Both teams started positively, yet were equally effective at closing the other down in the crucial moment.

Slowly the attacking balance started to tip in Colombia's favour, with Ivory Coast needing to be equally quick to cover the runs.

Then the enthusiasm seemed to drain out of the game around the thirty minute mark, as whistles echoed around the stadium.

Half-time: Colombia 0 - Ivory Coast 0

A draw could suit both sides but they would be better off with a win. At the start of the second-half, caution seemed the order of the day.

Yellow Cards Didier Zokora wasn't cautious enough and will miss the final group game, against Greece.

Just when Côte d'Ivoire seemed to be getting the adantage, Colombia came back to life; Juan Cuadrado's chipped shot pushed onto the bar.

Substitution Time for Didier Drogba to replace Wilfried Bony, with half an hour remaining.

Goalscorers 1:0
James Rodriguez gave Colombia the lead with a header, into the roof of the net, from a corner.

Substitution Salomon Kalou replaced Max Gradel as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure discussed who should take the free-kick. Yaya Toure did; into the wall.

Goalscorers 2:0
The game had livened, up with Ivory Coast pushing for the equaliser, then Colombia broke forward; to extend their lead, through substitute Juan Quintero.

Goalscorers 2:1
Gervinho replied for Ivory Coast after a run down the left and a cut inside the box. David Ospina had a hand on the ball, but just helped it into the net.

After Mario Yepes received treatment, Howard Webb took advantage of the stop in play to snatch a quick sip from a Colmbian water bottle. The franctic second-half showed no signs of slowing down.

In injury time, David Ospina was quick off his line to foil Didier Drogba's chance of levelling the score.

Final Score: Colombia 2 - Ivory Coast 1

1:0 - James Rodriguez (64 mins)
2:0 - Juan Quintero (70 mins)
2:1 - Gervinho (73 mins)


Travel to Colombia Colombia:
1-David Ospina; 7-Pablo Armero, 3-Mario Yepes, 2-Cristian Zapata, 18-Juan Camilo Zuniga; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar, 14-Victor Ibarbo, 10-James Rodriguez; 11-Juan Cuadrado, 9-Teofilo Gutierrez.

Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire:
1-Boubacar Barry; 3-Arthur Boka, 22-Sol Bamba, 5-Didier Zokora, 17-Serge Aurier; 20-Serey Die, 9-Cheick Tiote, 10-Yao Gervinho, 19-Yaya Toure; 15-Max Gradel, 12-Wilfried Bony.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Howard Webb - England Travel to England

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
54 mins - Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast)
89 mins - Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)

Travel to Japan Japan vs Greece Travel to Greece

The Road to Rio

First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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