COL 2-1 CIV: Les Éléphants falter in Group C

Christopher Lee

Colombia stand alone at the top of Group C after defeating Yaya Toure and the Ivory Coast on Thursday.

Yaya Toure lasted the full ninety minutes for the Ivory Coast on Thursday, but the Manchester City midfielder and Les Éléphants fell 2-1 to Colombia in Brasilia.

A headed goal on a corner from James Rodriguez broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, beginning a hectic ten minute period which saw three goals. Six minutes later, Serey Die's giveaway led to a Colombian counterattack, which Juan Quintero finished off to make the game 2-0.

The Colombian second was followed quickly by Gervinho. The Ivorian, ever the soloist, scored inside David Ospina's near post after an impressive dribble from the left flank. Les Éléphants, however, could not find the equalizer and must leave their fate to the final match day.

It wasn't a bad performance for Toure, but the City midfielder continues to look less than 100% healthy. Toure's pass completion, which usually hovers around 90% in EPL play, was 79% on 57 attempts. He also logged three shots, but none were on target. He did last the entire match, so perhaps that's a good sign.

Besides one of his patented upfield runs, Toure's best moment came when he set up Wilfried Bony with a pinpoint cross relatively early in the second half, but the striker's attempted acrobatics at the far post wasted the opportunity.

Depending on the result from Greece-Japan later, Colombia could have a knockout round place sealed by the end of the day. They will clinch a place with a Japan loss or draw.

The Ivory Coast will wrap up Group C play against Greece in Fortaleza next Tuesday.

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