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James Rodriguez stars in Colombia's win over Ivory Coast

Colombia's young playmaker James Rodriguez continues to make a name for himself as he scored one and created another goal in Colombia's 2-1 win against Ivory Coast on Friday (June 20).

In a match that was briefly disrupted by a giant inflatable ball, Rodriguez was at the heart of Colombia's best moves but it was his header from a corner that put Colombia ahead in the 63th min.

Colombia's celebrations were something to behold as most of the team gathered near the Colombian bench to do a line dancing number.

Juan Cuadrado was a constant menace for the Colombians down the right, setting up counterattacks with raking cross field passes and hitting the post from an almost impossible angle.

Few teams have looked as impressive going forward as Jose Pekerman’s side, a fact which was underscored when a Rodriguez through pass allowed 21-year-old substitute Juan Quintero to score a coolly taken second goal.

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Ivory Coast pulled one back through a Gervinho solo goal but unfortunately they could not level the scores when the referee blew the whistle.

Colombia's final game will be against Japan on June 25 and Ivory Coast will face Greece on the same day.

Souce: Reuters, YouTube

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