The second game of Group C will see Colombia and Ivory Coast meet for the first time ever against in each other. The two are set to face off at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia and will be refereed by Englishman Howard Webb. Colombia leads Group C after a 3-0 thumping over the Greeks, while the Ivory Coast sit in a close second after beating Japan 2-1.

The biggest news coming out of the Colombian camp this week was that Carlos Bacca will have to sit out the remainder of the group stage after suffering a leg strain in training. Luckily enough for fans of “Los Cafeteros”, strikers Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez were on target against Greece. Look for those two to play a big part in this game again as the vulnerability of the “Les Éléphants” backline has come into question before. Coach Jose Pekerman told reporters this week when talking about their most recent game. “It was a fantastic result for the whole of Colombia because there was a lot of emotion among the fans.” The Colombians will surely want to use their momentum and use it to help grow their lead at the top of the Group C table.  

It will be no easy task for them though, as the Ivory Coast has the capability within their lineup to match up against any team. Dider Drogba did not start against the Japanese, but that will probably change after his entrance against Japan quickly turned the game in their favor. He was quoted this week saying, “There’s a special feeling in this team, always, when we come together. We may look relaxed, but this is no joke for us. We’re here to work and to do the job. We want to play hard, play as a team and be focused.” The Ivory Coast will have Yaya Toure, who to me is arguably the most underrated player in the world, controlling the midfield. Look for him to play to the feet of Drogba and Wilfred Bony, while trying to slow the quickness of the Colombian attackers on the counter.

The game will take place June 19th at 12PM EST and can be seen on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Univision. For those who are not fortunate enough to watch the game on their couch in front of a TV, don’t worry WatchESPN will have a live stream here and for a Spanish live stream here. Be sure to check in on what will surely be a great Group C matchup.