Colombia-Cote d’Ivoire – pre-match

Colombia did not need their superstar striker Falcao, injured, to put away a weak Greece side 3-0. Cote d’Ivoire came back dramatically in the last 25 minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit against Japan scoring twice in less than 10 minutes to secure the win. Both teams will face and play for group first place.

Pekerman Colombia coach:

“This is a fantastic result for the whole of Colombia because there was a lot of emotion among the fans today. Nothing’s decided yet, but we went about our task in the right way today.  Now we have two more games and we have to show the same responsibility and will to win as we did here”.

Cote d’Ivoire striker Drogba:

“We’ve prepared for many weeks for this game and it was important to start the competition on the right foot.”It is a beautiful victory and we are happy with the result (after 2-1 vs. Japan).  This result will be very important especially if we play a good game against Colombia.” –

We will see now in Brasilia!