World Cup 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília
Columbia vs Ivory Coast Preview
Although without Falcao, with a convincing victory in the first game, Columbia has shown that it is a serious national team that must be taken seriously. Ivory Coast has also won three points in his first game at the World Cup, which was expected, and now this African national team is waiting for a duel against Columbia to attempt to achieve a result that leads to the next round.
Greek national team looked helpless against playful players of Colombia’s national team, who have shown great will to achieve a victory in their first match at the World Cup. Colombian offensive line was very dynamic, typical for all the South American teams, but simultaneously they showed a great reliability of defensive line, so the overall impression about this national team is more than positive. As I said, the absence of probably the best player in Colombia, Radamel Falcao, has not be felt in this game, but it might be felt already in the next game because the coach Pekerman cannot count on another dangerous striker, Bacca, who will miss the remaining two matches in the group stage due to injury.
Probable line-up of Columbia (4-2-3-1): Ospina – Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero – Sanchez, Aguilar – Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Ibarbo – Gutierrez
Ivory Coast had a tough match against Japan, which had been having the advantage until the 64th minute of the match, when ” Les Éléphants” equalized by Bony, and turned it very fast after that thanks to a goal by Gervinho. Both goals were scored after excellent assists of Aurier on the right side, but only after the entry of Drogba in the game. Didier Drogba will be also on the bench in the second round, because he is not yet ready to spend 90 minutes on the field. Given that Colombia is more dangerous opponent, Drogba’s absence will be felt to a greater extent than in the match against Japan. It is possible that there will be changes in the starting line-up, but even with the same players Pekerman will set less offensive tactic, because the style of play of Colombia is different than Greeks.
Probable line-up of Ivory Coast (4-2-3-1): Boubacar Barry – Aurier, Zokora, Bamba, Boka – Tiote, Die – Kalou, Yaya Toure, Gervinho – Bony
Columbia vs Ivory Coast Match Prediction
Colombia has a dangerous team that is considered as favorite in this match. However, I would not underestimate team led by Jose Pekerman, so I would not opted for the final winner. Therefore, my choice are goals. Over 2.5 Goals.