Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1: Player ratings as Arsenal target Aurier shines

Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1: Player ratings as Serge Aurier impresses but Les Éléphants suffer defeat in Group C

By Josh Nicholls
Colombia
2
Ivory Coast
1

Colombia

David Ospina Made solid save from Aurier before half-time but was not tested much. Had to be on his guard to keep out Aurier’s cross-cum-shot just past the hour but should have kept out Gervinho’s shot at his near post for the Ivorian goal. 5/10

Camilo Zuniga Tried a sumptuous piece of first half-skill nutmegging Gervinho at the byline but ran out of space. Bombed forward early on but his influenced waned as the game progressed. Out-witted by Gervinho for the goal. 6

Pablo Armero Got forward at every possible opportunity and offered balance on the left-hand side, but defensive lapse nearly let in Gradel shortly after the restart. 6

Cristian Zapata Dealt with Bony well his pace is crucial especially playing alongside Yepes. 6

Mario Yepes Escaped this encounter without embarrassment but the 38-year-old’s ever-slowing reactions look like they could be exposed in later games. 5

Carlos Sanchez Shackled Yaya Toure fantastically and made heroic first half tackle on the Manchester City midfielder as he embarked on one of his trademark surges towards goal from deep. 7

Abel Aguilar Tidy if unspectacular in possession, along with Sanchez provided the platform Rodriguez to roam the field and create opportunities. 7

James Rodriguez Colombia’s creator-in-chief demonstrated the sort of change of pace forged with ingenuity on the ball that fallen champions Spain were crying out for against Chile. Scored bullet near post header to give his side the lead and laid on second after winning the ball from the wasteful Die. 9

Juan Cuadrado Runs like he’s just downed a Colombian double espresso and he can play as well. His quality was evidenced by the marvellous cross field ball he played in the build up to Gutierrez first half sitter. Also hit the bar in and but in the delivery for Rodriguez’s second half header. An exhilarating performance. 8

Victor Ibarbo Made positive runs forward but his talent deficit in comparison to Rodriguez and Cuadrado showed and he did not make any telling impact in the final third. Picked up an injury and was replaced by Quintero. 5

Teo Gutierrez An unselfish runner who created space for the three in behind him but missed clear chance in the opening period when teed up by Rodriguez. 5

Substitutes

Juan Quintero Used his fresh legs to good effect after replacing the injured Ibarbo and clinically dispatched the Colombian second. 7
Santiago Arias Endured a tortuous cameo as he struggled to deal with Aurier. 4

Alexander Mejia N/A

Ivory Coast

Boubacar Barry Suspect on crosses although could do little to keep out a thumping header from Rodriguez despite getting a hand to the ball, such was the power of the effort. 5

Serge Aurier Saw as much of the ball as any Ivorian going forward and had decent first half shot, his performance did nothing to quash the rumours of a potential club move to Arsenal. 7

Arthur Boka Did his best to tussle with Cuadrado but the Colombian had the beating of him more often than not. 5

Souleymane Bamba Looked shaky throughout, seemingly perplexed at times by the movement of the Colombian forwards was involved in the marking mix-up, which led to the opening goal. 4

Didier Zokora Rash challenge on Cuadrado ruled him out of his side’s final group game with second consecutive booking. Occasionally caught ball watching. 5

Geoffroy Serey Die Broke the play up well in the first half but made glaring error in possession which gifted Colombia the decisive second goal. 5

Cheick Tiote Won tackles when he could, got forward when he could, but did neither with any great impact. 5

Yaya Toure Following the latest idiosyncratic trend among footballers to wear different coloured boots on each foot, was limited in his influence by Sanchez particularly and not the indomitable force in midfield he was for Manchester City last season. 6

Max Gradel No shortage of effort from the former Leeds United man but he did not see the ball very often and when he did it yielded nothing productive for his team. 5

Gervinho Posed as great a threat as any Ivorian player going forward, worked hard and bamboozled the Colombian defence to create the shooting space for his deserved goal. 7

Wilfried Bony Got very little joy and was not supplied with the sort of service he thrives on. His botched attempt at an overhead kick from a Yaya Toure pass summed up a joyless afternoon. 4

Substitutes

Didier Drogba His mere presence on the pitch seems to galvanize his team-mates. 6

Salomon Kalou Usually adept at scoring from the bench but produced a tame effort when presented 5with his best opening.

Mathis Bolly N/A

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