Colombia moved closer to the second round of the 2014 World Cup after scoring a 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast in Brasilia earlier this morning.
Colombia went into the clash with the Ivory Coast as clear favourites after their opening 3-0 victory over Greece and the South American side produced an ever better performance to all, but confirm that they will get out of the pool stages for just the second time in World Cup history.
The Ivory Coast also went into their second game with three points on the board following their opening round game against Japan, but they struggled from the outset against Colombia and always looked likely to concede.
Colombia had more possession than they did against Greece, but still looked extremely dangerous on the counter attack and were able to get in behind the Ivory Coast defense on a number of occasions in the early stages of the match.
The Ivory Coast did not look threatening when they were in possession and the only time that they got close to goal was from set pieces; with Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony failing to make an impact on the game.
Colombia had an exceptional opportunity to hit the front when a James Rodriguez cross fell at the feet of Teófilo Gutiérrez, but the leading Colombian striker was unable to get a shot on the target and the ball fell meekly out of play.
The Colombians continued to look dangerous when given the opportunity to get forward and there pressure finally paid off when Rodriguez headed the ball past Boubacar Barry to put his side in front.
Just six minutes later Colombia scored what turned out to be a sealing goal through a brilliant counter attack that what finished with a professional strike from Juan Quintero.
Gervinho gave the Ivory Coast a sniff when he scored a brilliant individual goal in the 74th minute and The Elephants took the pressure to Colombia in the final stages of the match, but were unable to find an equalizer.
Colombia will have the opportunity to secure their place on top of Group C when they take on Japan at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, while Ivory Coast can still qualify for the second round by beating Greece on June 24.
Colombia are available at odds to defeat of $1.91 to beat Japan in their final Group clash, while Ivory Coast are at a quote of $2 to beat Greece with Ladbrokes.com.au.