Colombia beats Ivory Coast 2-1 in World Cup

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast and Alexander Mejia of Colombia battle for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Colombian soccer team fans react to their team beating Ivory Coast while watching the game on the screen setup at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 19, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Colombia won the game 2-1. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Colombian soccer team fans react as their team scores their first goal against Ivory Coast while watching the game on the screen setup at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 19, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Colombia won the game 2-1. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Colombian soccer team fans react as their team scores their second goal against Ivory Coast while watching the game on the screen setup at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 19, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Colombia won the game 2-1. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Colombian soccer team fans their team play against Ivory Coast while watching the game on the screen setup at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 19, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Colombia won the game 2-1. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Colombian soccer team fans react as their team scores their second goal against Ivory Coast while watching the game on the screen setup at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 19, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Colombia won the game 2-1. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast and Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia battle for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast's defender Souleymane Bamba (top) fights for the ball with Colombia's forward Teofilo Gutierrez during a Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's defender Juan Camilo Zuniga celebrates with teammates at the end of the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Didier Zokora of the Ivory Coast reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Colombia's players celebrate at the end of the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Colombia's players celebrate at the end of the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Ivory Coast's forward Wilfried Bony reacts after the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina (L) celebrates with defender Cristian Zapata at the end of the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1  PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina (back) eyes the ball as his teammate Mario Alberto Yepes (L) challenges Ivory Coast's midfielder Max-Alain Gradel during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez (C) celebrates after the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Salomon Kalou of the Ivory Coast controls the ball as Mario Yepes of Colombia gives chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast controls the ball against Abel Aguilar of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Sol Bamba of the Ivory Coast reacts after being defeated by Colombia 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast's defender Serge Aurier (R) challenges Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1.  EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast and Mario Yepes of Colombia go up for a header during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Mario Yepes of Colombia (L) hugs teammate Faryd Mondragon after defeating the Ivory Coast 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Salomon Kalou of the Ivory Coast fights off Cristian Zapata of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Mario Yepes of Colombia celebrates after defeating the Ivory Coast 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia sits on the field as referee Howard Webb points to his watch and speaks to Serge Aurier of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Cristian Zapata of Colombia celebrates with goalkeeper David Ospina after defeating the Ivory Coast 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates after winning the Group C football match against Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
Ivory Coast's forward Salomon Kalou (R) challenges Colombia's midfielder Alexander Mejia during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Ivory Coast's defender Serge Aurier (front) challenges Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. Colombia won 2-1. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's team celebrates after the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: James Rodriguez of Colombia scores his team's first goal on a header past goalkeeper Boubacar Barry of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba (L) looks at Colombia's defender and captain Mario Alberto Yepes face during a Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images
A Colombian fans reacts during Fanfesta's live projection of the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on June 19, 2014, during play at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's defender and captain Mario Alberto Yepes reacts after falling during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Head coach Sabri Lamouchi of the Ivory Coast gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry concedes a goal to Colombia during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero (2nd-L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
A Colombia fan is pictured during the Fanfesta public viewing event at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro of the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Wilfried Bony of the Ivory Coast and Cristian Zapata of Colombia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
A Colombian woman watches the 2014 FIFA World Cup Colombia vs Ivory Coast group C football match at her vegetables stall at La Alameda marketplace in Cali, Colombia, on June 19, 2014. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Colombian supporters watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Colombia vs Ivory Coast group C football matchat at La Alameda marketplace in Cali, Colombia, on June 19, 2014.  LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates scoring during a Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast lies on the pitch during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
A Colombian fan chats with a fellow supporter during the Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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By STEVE DOUGLAS
AP Sports Writer

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the brink of the knockout stage.

James Rodriguez's powerful header from a corner in the 64th minute was quickly followed by a low finish by substitute Juan Quintero, securing the South American team's second straight win in Group C in front of a partisan pro-Colombian crowd.

Gervinho reduced the deficit in the 73rd with a superb run and shot inside the near post, but the Ivory Coast could not find an equalizer despite a strong finish.

A point against Japan in its third game will definitely seal qualification for Colombia but it could be secured before that, depending on the result of Japan vs. Greece later Thursday.

Ivory Coast still may need to beat Greece if it is to progress from the group stage for the first time at a World Cup.

There was a sea of yellow shirts throughout the Estadio Nacional as Colombia fans arrived en masse to the Brazilian capital, giving it the feel like of an intimidating away game for the Ivorians. The crowd roared with relief at the final whistle, with their team in touching distance of the second round of the World Cup for only the second time.

All this without star striker Radamel Falcao, who is missing the tournament through injury.

However, at halftime, the noise coming from the stands was not so fierce, with Ivory Coast holding relatively firm - except for a golden chance spurned by Teofilo Gutierrez in the 28th.

Rodriguez's left-wing cross fell perfectly for Gutierrez just outside the six-yard box, but he miscued his volley and it skewed wide.

With Yaya Toure seemingly anonymous and Didier Drogba again starting on the bench, Ivory Coast threatened only through long-range shots in a first half marked by a comic moment when a large inflatable ball bounced onto the playing surface, causing a brief stoppage.

Juan Cuadrado lit up a cagey opening to the second half by bringing down a long pass, shimmying past his marker and rifling a powerful shot that was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Boubacar Barry. Inside a stadium named after 1960s World Cup star Mane Garrincha, it was a piece of right-wing trickery that even the Brazil great would have enjoyed.

Drogba entered on the hour, to a mixture of jeers and applause, but he was found wanting in the leadup to Rodriguez's goal four minutes later, the playmaker beating him to Cuadrado's corner and heading powerfully into the net for his second goal of the tournament.

The celebrations had hardly died down when Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die was dispossessed inside his own half, allowing Gutierrez to create a chance for Quintero, who made no mistake with a side-foot finish.

In a frenetic last quarter of the match, Ivory Coast - driven by Drogba - finished strongly.

Gervinho's goal was one of the best pieces of individual skill so far at this World Cup, the Roma winger skipping between two defenders, cutting inside a third and beating David Ospina at his near post. But there was to be no equalizer.

Colombia atop Group C

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