One would be forgiven for thinking it was Lionel Messi in action, when Ivory Coast forward, Gervinho made a mess of three defenders as he scored the goal of the day in Ivory Coast’s match against Columbia at the ongoing World Cup but his strike was not enough to guarantee victory, as his side had already conceded two goals.
The Ivoirians came into the match high on confidence, after winning their opening match 2-1 against Japan and largely controlled the play, save for a few counter-attacks from the Colombians and should have scored at least a goal but for a lack of clinical finishing, made worse by the fact that their main striker, Wilfried Bony of Swansea City put in a rather dismal performance. Ultimately, the first half – though hugely entertaining – ended goalless.
In a bid to spark his team into life, Ivory Coast coach, Sabri Lamouchi introduced legendary striker, Didier Drogba into the match but this move only spurred on the Colombians, as they took the lead in the 64th minute when James Rodriguez beat Drogba in the air to head home his side’s first goal. If that was bad, it became worse 6 minutes later, as Ivorian defender, Geoffroy Die gave the ball away in the midfield, to gift Columbia a chance which Juan Quintero gratefully finished to give his team a 2-0 lead.
The Ivorians reacted quite remarkably to going two behind, as they piled pressure on the Colombian defence in wave after wave of attacks on their South American opponents and were rewarded three minutes later in the 73th minute when ex-Arsenal forward, Gervinho cut in from the left, dribbled past three defenders and slotted home his second and one of the best goals of the ongoing World Cup. The goal however beautiful proved to be just a consolation however, as the Colombian defence stood firm for the rest of the game.
Before the match, the Ivorian side had emphasized that hos team needed to cut out the errors from their first match which they won but they didn’t and that proved to be their undoing, as this time, they couldn’t win.
Notwithstanding the result which meant Columbia are already qualified, Ivory Coast will still make it to the second round for the first time in their history if they win their last match against Greece, with a draw potentially being enough if other results go their way.
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