10 interesting stats ahead of Colombia vs Ivory Coast

0 – Ivory Coast have not made it past the group stage in either of their two previous World Cup campaigns.

0 – Ivory Coast were unbeaten in qualifying with 5 wins and 3 draws.

1 – Colombia head coach José Pékerman first took charge of a World Cup match in charge of Argentina back in 2006. His first match was a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast.

2 – Ivory Coast’s two previous World Cup matches against South American sides have seen them lose 2-1 to Argentina (2006) and 3-1 to Brazil (2010).

2 – Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier and Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado both recorded two assists in their opening group game.

3 – This will only be Colombia’s third match against an African Nation at a World Cup. They lost 2-1 after extra-time to Cameroon in 1990 and then beat Tunisia 1-0 in 1998 in their only previous meetings.

6 – Ivory Coast have scored in six of their seven World Cup games. A 0-0 with Portugal four years ago is the only time the African Nation have been shut out.

25% – Colombia have only made it past the group stage in one of their four previous World Cups. This was in 1990 where Cameroon eliminated them in the round of 16.

42 – Colombia reserve goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón is the oldest player at this World Cup. The 42-year old is the only survivor from the last time Colombia reached the World Cup (1998). He was also in the squad for USA ’94!

55 – Only France (52) and Algeria (42) headed into the 2014 World Cup with fewer international goals amongst their 23-man squads than Colombia.