Colombia: Los Cafeteros have never made it past the group stage at the FIFA World Cup. Ranked 8 in the FIFA rankings, Colombia boast a strong squad that can frustrate any side on their day. Without their star striker Radamel Falcao participating in the tournament, they still have enough fire-power up front to send Colombia past the group stage.
Ivory Coast: The Elephants look favourites to qualify for the round of 16 for the first time, considering they are not placed in the ‘Group of Death’ like previous occasions. 23rd ranked Ivory Coast relies heavily on their main players like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou to perform well. The highest ranked African side made a great impact during their qualifying stage of the World Cup and will be expected to continue their momentum.
The two sides are meeting for the first time.