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Colombia on Course For Last 16 After 2-1 Win Over Cote d'Ivoire

2014 World Cup: Colombia on Course For Last 16 After 2-1 Win Over Cote d'Ivoire
Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast controls the ball against Carlos Sanchez of Colombia during the
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match.


Colombia maintained South America’s strong start to the tournament with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast to stay firmly on course for a place in the last 16 from Group C.

A day after Chile eliminated defending champions Spain, Colombia produced another fine attacking display to down the powerful Ivorians in a free-flowing contest at Brasilia’s National Stadium.

Second-half goals from Monaco starlet James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero fired Colombia into the lead before Roma striker Gervinho pulled one back for the Ivorians to set up a tense finish.

Colombia, making their first appearance at the World Cup since 1998, could seal their second round berth later Thursday if the result of Japan’s match with Greece goes their way.

Off the pitch, FIFA confirmed it had opened an investigation into reports Mexico supporters chanted anti-gay slogans during their country’s World Cup game against Cameroon.

“We have opened proceedings against Mexico for improper conduct of supporters. As the proceedings are ongoing we are not in a position to comment further,” said FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer.

FIFA also said it was embarrassed that scores of Chileans managed to gate-crash the Maracana Stadium before their team’s match against Spain on Wednesday, vowing to tighten security to avoid a repeat.

A crush of fans, many wearing their country’s red jersey, shattered a door to the iconic Rio de Janeiro stadium’s media center and swarmed into internal corridors before the match, leading to 87 arrests.

“It is embarrassing,” FIFA’s security director Ralf Mutschke said of the incident. “I think we have to protect journalists and the media and there’s no doubt about it, we also have to protect the fans.”




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