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Preview: Colombia v Ivory Coast

2014-06-19 14:44
Didier Drogba and Gervinho (AFP)

Cape Town - Group C favourites Colombia and Ivory Coast clash in a crunch World Cup encounter at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha on tonight. 

Kick off is at 6pm SA time.

Join us for LIVE and interactive updates on this Group C clash.

Both teams started their campaigns with a victory with the South Americans thrashing Greece 3-0, while Africa's number one overcame Japan.

The Colombians are the current leaders thanks to their superior goal-difference of plus three, thanks to Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez strikes in their opening match. Another victory could well confirm Colombia as the first side to claim their place in the last 16 at the tournament.

The Elephants meanwhile, came from a goal down to seal their win with Wilfred Bony canceling out Keisuke Honda's opener before Gervinho netted the winner.

Captain Didier Drobga started as a substitute but made a big impact when he was introduced as his imposing presence in the box aided his side's fight-back. At 36 years of age, the striker is being paced by head coach Sabri Lamouchi and might prove to be an ideal option on the bench as the tournament progersses.

His Colombian counterpart Mario Yepes however has already confirmed that he will hang up his boots after the tournament.

The 38-year-old defender will make his 100th appearance in the national shirt against the Ivorians, and there could be no better way to mark such an occasion than by winning.

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