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World Cup: Columbia defeat Ivory Coast thanks to goals from James Rodríguez and Juan Quintero

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Juan Fernando Quintero of Colombia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Ivory Coast

Juan Fernando Quintero of Colombia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Ivory Coast

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast and Abel Aguilar of Colombia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast and Abel Aguilar of Colombia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Jermaine Jones and Geoff Cameron of the United States joke around as they prepare for training at Sao Paulo FC on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Jermaine Jones and Geoff Cameron of the United States joke around as they prepare for training at Sao Paulo FC on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Wilfried Bony of the Ivory Coast and Cristian Zapata of Colombia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Wilfried Bony of the Ivory Coast and Cristian Zapata of Colombia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Carlos Sanchez (L) of Colombia vies with Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Carlos Sanchez (L) of Colombia vies with Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Didier Zokora the Ivory Coast reacts after receiving a yellow card from referee Howard Webb during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Didier Zokora the Ivory Coast reacts after receiving a yellow card from referee Howard Webb during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Victor Ibarbo of Colombia is challenged by Arthur Boka (L) and Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Victor Ibarbo of Colombia is challenged by Arthur Boka (L) and Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast stretches before entering the pitch during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast stretches before entering the pitch during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia and Arthur Boka of the Ivory Coast compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia and Arthur Boka of the Ivory Coast compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  James Rodriguez of Colombia and Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia and Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast controls the ball as James Rodriguez of Colombia gives chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast controls the ball as James Rodriguez of Colombia gives chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  James Rodriguez of Colombia scores his team's first goal on a header past goalkeeper Boubacar Barry of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia scores his team's first goal on a header past goalkeeper Boubacar Barry of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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Juan Fernando Quintero of Colombia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Ivory Coast

Colombia closed in on the knockout stages of the World Cup after beating Ivory Coast 2-1 in a fiercely-contested Group C clash in Brasilia.

James Rodriguez fired Colombia ahead just after the hour with a powerful header from a corner, with substitute Juan Quintero adding a second on the break.

However, a fine individual goal from former Arsenal forward Gervinho set up a tense finale, but the Elephants could not find an equaliser.

Both sides went into the clash at the Estadio Nacional having opened their World Cup campaign with a victory.

Colombia manager Jose Pekerman named the same starting XI which helped defeat Greece 3-0, with captain Mario Yepes earning his 100th cap.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, again left talisman Didier Drogba on the bench - the former Chelsea striker carrying a thigh injury, but still had an impact as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Japan in Recife.

It was Los Cafetero who made the more positive opening, with Teofilo Gutierrez firing wide from the edge of the penalty area.

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Ivory Coast defender Didier Zokora needed to make an important block after Juan Cuadrado had got away down the right.

On 23 minutes, there was the first opening for the Elephants when a powerful run from captain Yaya Toure released Gervinho, but he was quickly hustled off the ball.

Colombia should have been ahead on the half-hour when a counter attack down the left saw the ball played into the penalty area for Gutierrez.

However, the River Plate forward, who looked to be offside, made a complete hash of his shot from six-yards out and stabbed the ball wide.

Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier, linked with a summer move to Arsenal, sent in a low drive from 18 yards, which was comfortably saved by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.

At the start of the second half, English referee Howard Webb waved away somewhat hopeful penalty appeals from Ivory Coast after Roma forward Gervinho went down under a challenge from Yepes.

On 55 minutes, Zokora was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Cuadrado, which meant the one-time Tottenham defender would miss the final group match against Japan.

An ambitiuous bicycle kick from Swansea forward Wilifred Bony did not come off, before at the other end, Cuadrado's shot was pushed onto the post by Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.

On the hour, Elephants' manager Sabri Lamouchi made a change when Drogba replaced Bony.

It was Colombia, though, who took the lead on 64 minutes when Monaco forward Rodriguez headed home from a corner.

There was immediately a second substitution for Ivory Coast as former Leicester and Leeds wideman Max Gradel was replaced by ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou.

Colombia, however, doubled their lead on 70 minutes with a breakaway goal.

Gutierrez fed Juan Quintero as the pair closed down some poor Ivory Coast defending on the half-way line.

The Porto forward took the ball on to the edge of the penalty area before drilling it past Barry.

Ivory Coast needed a response - and got one through Gervinho's second goal of the World Cup on 73 minutes.

The winger, much maliged during his spell with the Gunners, collected the ball on the left and weaved into the penalty area, rode three challenges before smashing a shot inside the near post which Ospina got a hand to but could not keep out.

Ivory Coast were lifted by the goal, and went in search of an equaliser, substitute Mathis Bolly just unable to guide a diving header on target before Kalou shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Drogba almost got on the end of a long through ball during stoppage time, but Ospina was out quickly to make a clearance, leaving the Elephants probably needing victory in their final group match against Greece to keep alive chances of progress.

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