Dribbling, blocking and awful crosses: How Stats Zone saw Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast
Colombia upped the pass rate and by midway through the half, as Colombia's struggling front man Teo Guttierez miskicked a clear chance wide, his side had had 55% possession. Both teams were becoming keen on diagonal passes.
Ten minutes later, the pendulum had swung back to Ivory Coast, so the teams were matched on successful passes.
Ivory Coast had racked up more passes with their possession, but Colombia were stretching the pitch better: note the passing deep in their own third and high in the Ivorians'. This type of passing - less frequent but more expansive - became a feature of the South Americans' play.
Six minutes later the Colombians pressed Ivory Coast back from their own poor corner; Rodriguez robbed Serey Die and Guttierez fed sub Juan Quintero to double the lead.
However, three minutes later Gervinho halved the deficit, bustling in from the wing with purpose to fire home.
The Africans had also had 55.6% possession and racked up more passes, but the South Americans looked reasonably comfortable with it.
Ivory Coast fired in 30 crosses, but the only cross converted into a goal was Rodriguez's header from a corner to put Colombia in a lead they never lost.
In all it was an entertaining game, particularly for those who like to see players take men on.
Facts & figures
- Colombia have already equalled their record of goals scored during a World Cup (5, in 1962).
- Ivory Coast’s three World Cup games against South American sides have all ended in defeats (1-2 v Argentina in 2006, 1-3 v Brazil in 2010 and 1-2 v Colombia in 2014).
- James Rodriguez has scored in each of his last four appearances for Colombia. Indeed, Rodriguez is the second Colombian player to score in consecutive World Cup games (Adolfo Valencia 1994).
- Juan Cuadrado (3) has now provided more assists at a single World Cup since 1966 than any other Colombian player.
- Wilfried Bony failed to register a single touch in the opposition box during this match.
- Eight of Ivory Coast’s 12 goals at the World Cup have been scored after the 60th minute of games.
- Six of the last seven goals Colombia have scored at the World Cup have arrived in the second half.
- Gervinho is the first Ivory Coast player to score in consecutive World Cup matches.
- Ivory Coast have conceded two or more goals in five of their eight World Cup matches.
- Didier Zokora and Yaya Toure are the only two players to have started every World Cup game for Ivory Coast.