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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba may once again have to settle for a place on the bench and make a substitute appearance hints Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi.Getty Images

Colombia take on Ivory Coast for their second Group C game of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasilia, on Thursday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST.Livecoverage is on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Colombia started their World Cup campaign on a high by registering a comfortable 3-0 victory against Greece last Saturday.

Napoli left-back Pablo Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Teofilo Gutierrez doubled their lead close to the hour mark. Monaco star James Rodriguez then wrapped up the tie netting the games third goal late in the game.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast too secured all three points from their first Group C fixture by managing a 2-1 victory against Japan. The Indomitable Lions were trailing to Keisuke Honda's opener in the 16th minute.

However, Swansea City's top scorer WIlfried Bony restored parity with a header in the 64th minute. Two minutes later, former Arsenal forward Gervinho scored in a similar fashion to ensure a happy ending for Sabri Lamouchi's side.

Both Colombia and Ivory Coast have three points coming into this fixture and a win for either team will help them secure a place in the knockout stages.

What Managers Say

José Pékerman (Colombia): "The South American qualification towards the World Cup is one thing, and the World Cup itself is another one. We are against a great opponent and we will have difficulties. In 2006, Ivory Coast debuted in the World Cup with lesser-known players. During that year, there was a team little known, but a good one. Players have come together and joined the team; before it was good with Drogba, the Toure brothers. We have to face a very difficult game."

Sabri Lamouchi (Ivory Coast): "Colombia and Ivory Coast have never faced each other in their history. I want to emphasize first that Ivory Coast will play in only its eighth World Cup match ever, so the game against Colombia...will be totally different opposition to Japan. These are two teams with an opposite style. We know it will be a tough match. We will not get that much space. It will be a match where we need to win our duels in midfield to impose our game. We know we have the weapons to compete but we must be careful."

Team Form

James Rodriguez
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  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D D D
  • Last Result: Colombia 3-0 Greece

Ivory Coast

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W L D D
  • Last Result: Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

Team News


  • Injured: Carlos Bacca (leg)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Ospina; Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero; Cuadrado, Sanchez, Aguilar, Rodriguez; Ibarbo; Gutierrez

Ivory Coast

  • Injured: Ya Konan (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Barry; Aurier, Zokora, Bamba, Boka; Tiote, Y Toure, Serey Die; Kalou, Bony, Gervinho