By TIM FONTENAULT
Colombia and the Ivory Coast were locked in a scoreless battle of nerves. Both teams pressed forward relentlessly, and both teams failed to break through.
At last in the 64th minute, somebody did. Colombian star James Rodríguez put Colombia ahead with a booming header, opening the flood gates. Two more goals were scored in one of the best of the World Cup games so far, as Colombia grabbed a crucial 2-1 win.
Rodríguez took the corner kicks throughout the first half, as Colombia tried to create chances off of short set pieces. Moving into the box in the second half, he was able to change the game and earn the SBI Man of the Match award.
Six minutes after Rodríguez scored, Juan Quintero sealed the win for Los Cafeteros, who are now on the verge of reaching the Round of 16 for the first time since 1990.
Rodríguez wins Man of the Match honors over Quintero and Gervinho, who scored for the Ivory Coast on a breathtaking solo effort.
What did you think of Rodríguez’s performance today? Was someone else more deserving of the Man of the Match award, in your opinion?
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