It was a roar 16 years in the making. The more than 40,000 Colombian fans who packed Belo Horizonte’s Estádio Mineirão bellowed in jubilation just five minutes into Los Cafeteros’ game against Greece on June 14, when Pablo Armero scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory.
It was Colombia’s first World Cup appearance in 16 years, a veritable eternity for soccer fans.
In a dream-like opening performance, Colombia beat Greece with ease. Under a biting sun, Coach José Pékerman’s squad outplayed the Greeks in the game’s key moments. Cheered on by a yellow-and-red tide of fans, Colombia took a major step towards the second round by securing three points and a considerable goal difference advantage.
Today, the Cafeteros are looking for their second win in their game with Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast ) at 11am local Colombia time in the Estadio Nacional in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia.
Today’s game will be the first ever between Colombia and Ivory Coast – and Jose Pekerman’s troops will be in high spirits following their 3-0 demolition of Greece in their opening game. Colombia’s record against African sides at the World Cup is balanced with one defeat (against Cameroon in 1990) and one win (against Tunisia in 1998).
A win today could ensure Colombia’s advancement to the round of 16 play and one step closer to a World Cup win
Colombia has never won a World Cup. This could be the year!
More information and real time scoring of today’s game, go to the FIFA website.