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Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast
Neil Johnston: “It’s warm. It’s sunny. And game we’re under way in Brasilia. Rotherham’s Howard Webb is taking charge of his first game of the tournament. He has not had too much to do in the opening exchanges as Colombia press early through the impressive James Rodriguez. Both teams are testing each other out.”
Former Republic of Ireland and Wigan Midfielder Kevin Kilbane: “Yaya Toure is an outstanding player. He has talked the talk over the last few months and said he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Now is the time for him to step up and show what a fine player he is for the Ivory Coast.”
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Dan Deakins: Why can’t our England lads cry like that during the national anthem? #Passion
Neil Johnston: “The game’s first shot from Colombia’s Teofilo Gutierrez who fires narrowly wide from the edge of the area following some suspect defending by the Africans. Colombia have made a lively start.”
Kevin Kilbane: “The chance fell to Gutierrez and he fluffed his lines. Good threat and good pace going forward. That is the threat Colombia carry.”
Neil Johnston: “Howard Webb’s first meaningful decision in this game is to stop play… because a giant inflatable ball has been thrown on to the pitch by fans. Yes, seriously. Jeers echo around the ground each time Yaya Toure touches the ball. He is clearly the player Colombia fear the most. Ivory Coast have settled and Max Gradel, the former Leicester and Leeds man, certainly does not look overawed by the occasion as he swings in a corner. Colombia are on the back foot. “
BBC World’s John Bennett in Brasilia: “The noise inside the stadium is deafening. Colombia’s players must be inspired by this atmosphere. Having said that the Ivory Coast fans below me are just about making themselves heard. Colombia’s defenders look frightened of Gervinho’s pace. He may be the key man for Ivory Coast. Will he silence these incredible fans?”
Former Republic of Ireland Defender Mark Lawrenson: “It’s a promising start and the play is quite spread out. It gives the talented players time to get on the ball, like we’ve already seen with Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez. “You get the impression here that both teams think they can win, which is quite refreshing.”
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Jack of all trades: Ivory coast are a typical African side pace, power and energy.
Neil Johnston: “Lovely ball by James Rodriguez for Teofilo Gutierrez into the penalty area but the River Plate forward pulls up early and the ball rolls out of play. Wasted opportunity for Colombia. This is a very open game. Both teams believe they can win this. Colombia are playing some lovely one-twos. Their pace is starting to cause their African opponents problem. Didier Zokora is fortunate not to divert the ball into his own net while stretching to deal with another cross. The South Americans have the momentum.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Colombia striker Juan Cuadrado is heavily linked with Barcelona and you can see why, his pace is frightening.”
Neil Johnston: “Less than 20 minutes in and the first Mexican Wave begins. This is actually a decent contest between two fully committed teams. Not sure, however, we’re going to see the goal fest we witnessed yesterday between Australia and Netherlands.”
Mark Lawrenson: “You get the feeling that something good is going to happen in this game – apart from the Mexican Wave which has already started. But attacking moves from both teams just seem to break down because the ball skids off the turf which was heavily watered before kick-off. There is a little bit more about the Colombians at the moment.”
Neil Johnston: “First real sign of attacking intent from Ivory Coast as Yaya Toure powers into the Colombian half before threading a pass to Gervinho on the edge of the area. But the former Arsenal man runs into a yellow wall. Little between the two sides.”
Mark Lawrenson: “Gervinho is the kind of player who needs some loving and with the all the superstars at Arsenal, he probably didn’t have time for that. Ivory Coast couldn’t really drop Wilfried Bony, but I can see them playing 70 minutes of Bony and 20 minutes of Didier Drogba. And if they’re really in trouble then you leave both on.”
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Andra Amir: Highlight so far is a giant inflatable ball stopping play
Neil Johnston: “It’s tense, it’s nervy, it’s edgy. Neither side is giving much away. Cheik Tiote blazes a rare chance over the bar from ust outside the Colombian area. It is going to require something much better than that to break the deadlock.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Good movement from Tiote. It opened up for him and he should be hitting the target from there. He never really got hold of it.”
Neil Johnston: “Ivory Coast can count themselves fortunate to be on level terms as the ball lands at the feet of Teofilo Gutierrez on the edge of the six-yard area. But the striker gets himself into a terrible tangle and can’t direct the ball over the line. Replays show he was in an offside position but no flag is raised.”
Mark Lawrenson: “Two great passes to create that chance for Colombia. Gutierrez had so much time to think what he was doing but even so he seemed to semi-stumble when the ball came to him. He seemed to plant his feet rather than swinging through. But he might have been just offside – that’s a let off for Howard Webb and his boys if that had gone in.”
Jay (via text message): Is Howard Webb a linguist? How does he chat with the Colombians?
Kevin Kilbane: “What a break from Colombia. Gutierrez should have scored, it was an open goal, he really fluffed his lines. That is an incredible miss.”
Neil Johnston: “How costly will Teofilo Gutierrez’s miss prove? The Ivory Coast respond through Serge Aurier who glides past Mario Yepes before forcing a save with a low drive.”
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Philip Foyoo Ashon: What a miss from Colombia. Will they live to regret it? I think so. Ivory Coast can win this.
John Bennett: “Every time Yaya Toure picks up the ball he’s being followed by Carlos Sanchez. They’ll be sick of the sight of each other after this game. Sabri Lamouchi – the Ivory Coast head coach – looks very concerned about the amount of space his full backs are giving away. He’s constantly shouting at Arthur Boka. James Rodriguez and Pablo Armero are swinging their arms in the air asking for more support from the fans.”
NEARLY CLOSE TO HALF TIME (POSSIBLY EXTRA TIME) AND THINGS ARE LOOKING INTENSE. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THINGS PAN OUT FOR BOTH TEAMS.
Neil Johnston: “Another lightning break from Colombia but Didier Zokora is ice cool as he deals with the danger and denies Teofilo Gutierrez a scoring chance. Gutierrez is enduring a frustrating match. He’s still haunted by that earlier miss.”
Mark Lawrenson: “Colombia coach Jose Pekerman looks like Alan Pardew’s older brother.”
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Henri: You can already tell both these teams will go through.
Neil Johnston: “More jeers ring out as former Leeds player Max Gradel fires in a cross more likely to be seen in the Championship than the World Cup stage. The ball bounces out of play. Who will break the deadlock?”
John Bennett: “He may be on the bench but Ivory Coast veteran Kolo Toure is getting involved in this game. He just launched himself out of the dug out to scream at the defenders, waving his bib in the air.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Colombia had a good start against Greece in the first game. This time they started well but didn’t get the goal and Ivory Coast are looking a bit more comfortable.”
2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! THIS IS NOW THE POINT WHERE THE MATCH BEGINS TO GET INTERESTING. IT WILL DEFINITELY BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHO SCORES GOALS IN THIS HALF.
Neil Johnston: “The teams are back out in Brasilia. No Didier Drogba yet for Ivory Coast. But how long will manager Sabri Lamouchi wait before sending on the former Chelsea striker? The Ellephants need a goal. And Drogba’s pretty good at scoring them.”
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Tony Bartlett: Come on the Ivory Coast. Bring on the win for my work team!
Neil Johnston: “Heart in mouth time for Ivory Coast as Sol Bamba almost gifts Teofilo Gutierrez possession on the edge of his area. This defence is shaky at best.”
Danny Murphy: “The Ivory Coast have to play with a bit more intensity. There was only really one team in it and if that continues Colombia will get chances.”
Neil Johnston: “Gervinho takes a tumble inside Colombia’s penalty area as Mario Yepes looks to make a challenge. Howard Webb is not interested. Good decision. Replays show there is no contact.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Gervinho was looking for the contact. When Yepes came over he was looking for it but realised not much contact was made and made little of it in the end.”
Mark Lawrenson: “I’m wondering whether Yepes was going to have a little nibble at Gervinho there. Yepes claims Gervinho tried to dive but he didn’t, he just overran the ball a little bit.”
Neil Johnston: “Ivory Coast have come out in this half with purpose and intent. Now they have a free-kick just outside the Colombian area. Yaya Toure likes the look of this. He bends the ball around the wall but his effort drifts well wide. Easy decision by Howard Webb. Nigeria defender Didier Zokora with a cynical lunge on Juan Cuadrado. Zakora doesn’t even try to complain about being booked.”
John Bennett: “Didier Drogba had been warming up for the whole second half in his purple bib. He’ll get the nod from Sabri Lamouchi any minute now.”
Neil Johnston: “Wilfried Bony has just attempted an outrageous bicycle kick but the Swansea man ends up swinging at fresh air. Nigeria have their tails up.”
Mark Lawrenson: “Absolutely sensational pass from Yaya Toure. He had a split second to weigh it up and went with the outside of his foot. Wilfried Bony pulled away – that would have been some goal. I wonder if Bony would have been better flicking it goalwards with his head. This game is starting to move in Ivory Coast’s favour.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Wilfired Bony got his angles all wrong. He could have got a header on goal, instead he tries an overhead kick and misses it.”
Neil Johnston: “It’s been all Ivory Coast but Juan Cuadrado turns his marker inside out just inside the area before getting his shot away. Keeper Boubacar Barry gets his hands on the ball but it squirms on to the bar. So close.”
Mark Lawrenson: “We were waiting for the net to bulge there. Great play from Cuadrado again, he slows Arthur Boka down and turns him around then whips in the ball. The Ivory Coast keeper got away with that one.”
GOAL!!!!!!!! COLOMBIA JUST SCORED!!!! WHAT A GOAL!!!!!!!!! (JAMES RODRIGUEZ – 64)
Kevin Kilbane: “A great celebration as well from Rodriguez. He wasn’t picked up but a really good header from that position. The one thing the game had been lacking was a goal but Colombia have probably deserved it.”
Mark Lawrenson: “James Rodriguez manages to get in front of his markers – I think Bamba was the one in front and Drogba behind. Let’s see what Ivory Coast have got. You would think this plays into Colombia’s hands because they are lightning on the counter attack.”
GOAL!!!!!!!! COLOMBIA SCORED AGAIN IN THE SPACE OF 5 MINUTES!!! (QUINTERO – 69′)
THE ATMOSPHERE IS NOW TAKING ITS TOLL ON IVORY COAST, AS THE PRESSURE IS BUILDING UP. WILL IVORY COAST BE ABLE TO BAG A FEW GOALS TO EQUALISE??????????
GOAL!!!!!!!! IVORY COAST JUST SCORED WOOHOO!!!!!!! (GERVINHO – 73′)
Mark Lawrenson: “That came from of the worst corners taken at this World Cup. It was a nothing corner from Ivory Coast and there were all the big guys in there waiting. It put so many people out of the game and we know how quick Colombia are on the break. They punished Ivory Coast. It was a suicide goal.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Colombia are so good from transition to defence from attack. Once Quintero got in behind the defence it was a wonderful finish. I don’t know what the Ivory Coast were trying to do playing out from there.”
Mark Lawrenson: “Gervinho must have gone past three tackles – he skipped past the Colombian players. But I think the Colombia goalkeeper could have done better. If he gets a bigger hand on it then he would have stopped it. That will surely give Ivory Coast some momentum.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Brilliant feet from Gervinho. Brilliant play and an outstanding finish. He gave the goalkeeper the eyes, wonderful strike. Game on.”
Neil Johnston: “We’ve seen some terrific finishes at this tournament but Gervinho’s effort is right up there. Ivory Coast have come alive. Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are both on. Can they force a second?”
John Bennett: “Gervinho got his nickname from a Brazilian academy coach when he was a teenager. The Brazilians in this stadium certainly enjoyed his goal. All were on their feet to cheer along with the Ivorian supporters. Could be a great finish to this game.”
Neil Johnston: “There are thousands of nails being bitten in Brasilia. Most of them belong to Colombians. Ten minutes left. Can the South Americans hang on?”
BBC Africa Football Reporter Nick Cavell: “Gervinho is so frustrating when you see him score goals like that – and other times he really is anonymous and making mistakes.”
Neil Johnston: “It’s wave after wave of attack from the men in green. Ivory Coast have suddenly found another gear. Colombia are defending in numbers.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Salomon Kalou has made a real difference for the Ivory Coast. He has been very positive since he came on.”
Neil Johnston: “Chance for Ivory Coast. A cross is driven into into the South American box that Mathis Bolly glances towards goal. But his effort is not good enough to find the net. Salomon Kalou then fires tamely at the keeper.”
Kevin Kilbane: “Colombia have been the outstanding attacking team in this game, but now the Ivory Coast are right in it.”
Neil Johnston: “Three minutes of normal time remaining. Time is starting to run out for the Africans. Colombia are within touching distance of a second straight win.”
EXTRA TIME!!! 4 MINUTES!!!!!
Neil Johnston: “Ivory Coast win a free-kick just outside the Colombia area but Yaya Toure cannot take advantage. Four minutes of added time. Temperatures are starting to bubble on the pitch. The ball just won’t fall kindly for Ivory Coast.”
Kevin Kilbane: “It has been an absorbing game, really good to watch. Both teams have gone for the win.”
Neil Johnston: “For a split second Didier Drogba spots an opening but the Colombia keeper is quick off his line to clear the danger. Seconds remaining.”
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