James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero put Colombia into a commanding 2-0 lead, before former Arsenal striker Gervinho ensured a nervy finish with his second goal of the tournament 17 minutes from time.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order as Colombia move onto six points in Group C.
Injured Colombia striker Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) cheers his Monaco team-mate’s header: “Goooooooooll vamos Colombia!”
Belgium midfielder Steven Defour (@Steven_Defour35) is thrilled for his former Porto team-mate: “Jamesssss!!!!”
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) has the audacity to accuse Didier Drogba of a mistake: “Was Drogba supposed to mark Rodriquez? #COL #IVC #sambabold”
One-time England international Kevin Davies (@Kevin__Davies) feels Colombia could go far in the tournament: “Columbia look the real deal…”
Former England defender Phil Neville (@fizzer18) could be doing some scouting for United: “Colombian player cuadrado is a v good player!!”
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) wants to know why Gervinho wasn’t that prolific at Arsenal: “Good heavens, what a goal! That’s the Gervinho Arsenal should have signed.”
Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot (@MarioMelchiot) felt the Elephants were unlucky: “Great performance from #COL so much talent! #Drogba should’ve started this game! #COLvsCIV 2-1 #mmlove #WorldCup”
Finally, ex-Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) praises a great performance from an Englishman: “Worth noting that Howard Webb did a great job today. #col vs #CIV”
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