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World Cup 2014: Colombia beats Ivory Coast 2-1 to all but seal spot in the round of 16






Colombia is close to qualifying for the round of 16 of the World Cup for the first time after a dramatic 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in Brasilia on Friday morning.

The game, featuring two teams who had won their opening games, began with a lackluster first 45 minutes, with a missed sitter by Teofilo Gutierrez for Colombia the early highlight.

But the second half came to life as both sides chased the win that would all but seal a spot in the next round.

Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony fluffed an overhead kick from close range, but it was the Colombians who broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, as James Rodriguez powered a header home from a corner.

The game looked over six minutes later when a defensive mistake by Ivory Coast let Colombia in again for substitute Juan Quintero to slot home number two.

Their opponents were not finished, however, as Gervinho made it 2-1 in the 73rd minute with one of the goals of the World Cup, beating four defenders before firing the ball into the net.

Quintero nearly had a second when he tried to lob the goalkeeper from halfway in the dying minutes, and Ivory Coast failed to grab the equaliser.

The Colombians now have two wins and plus-four goal difference.

If this morning's game between Japan and Greece ends in a draw, Colombia will be certain to go through to the next round.





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