Match of the Day Live: Colombia v Ivory Coast

Match of the Day Live: Colombia v Ivory Coast



This should be a bit of a belter. Colombia are a darkish horse in the tournament, talked up before their arrival in Brazil as their nation's finest side for some time. Style-wise, they're like Chile's calmer, slightly thicker-set older brother: not quite so much flair going forward but still plenty of talent, and hard to beat.

In their first game, Colombia proved that the absence of star striker Radamel Falcao is no problem as they comfortably swept away a boring Greek side. This is a stiffer proposition by far as they face Ivory Coast in Brasilia, a match that should decide the winner of Group C.

Not many pundits had Côte d'Ivoire down as lively outsiders for the trophy before kick-off, but maybe they should have. Theirs is a golden generation ready to grab their final chance. Wilfried Bony is in form up front, as is Gervinho, who is a different player for Roma than he was for Arsenal. Didier Drogba came off the bench during Ivory Coast's opening victory against Japan - he didn't score but his presence gave Japan's defenders something extra to fear, which made it easier for Bony and Gervinho to get their team back in control with two headers after conceding an early goal.

The fulcrum of the 11, though, is Yaya Toure. Like Manchester City, Toure's national team have realised that he's no longer a deep-lying midfielder and must be allowed to career forward, like a wardrobe rolling inexorably downhill.

With goal threats everywhere - notably on the flanks, where Colombia's wingers and Ivory Coast's full-backs both provided joy in their team's first match - a dull 0-0 seems unlikely. The prize for the winner? The way things are going, it's England in the last 16...


Colombia v Ivory Coast (Kick-off 5.00pm). Coverage of the second World Cup match for both teams in Group C, which takes place at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. These are arguably the strongest sides in the group, and both enjoyed victories in their opening fixtures, with Colombia comfortably defeating Greece 3-0, and the Ivory Coast coming from behind to beat Japan 2-1. The South Americans managed without talismanic striker Radamel Falcao, who is missing through injury, and demonstrated the strength in depth in their squad by outclassing the dismal Greeks. Ivory Coast started with Didier Drogba on the bench against the Japanese, but his introduction to the match in the second half inspired his side to victory, and he will be supported by the likes of Yaya Toure and Gervinho as the Elephants look to triumph in the first-ever meeting between these nations. Presented by Gary Lineker, with commentary by Steve Wilson and Mark Lawrenson.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gary Lineker
Commentator Steve Wilson
Commentator Mark Lawrenson
Editor Paul Armstrong
Producer Phil Bigwood