Two matches, two goals. Despite their up and down performances through their first two matches, Gervinho has been all aces for the Ivory Coast, displaying the same skills that saw him rise to such great heights in Roma this past season. After rescuing his nation against Japan last week, Gervinho rose to the occasion once more.
Gervinho's Goal: 74th Minute
Shortly after falling behind Colombia 2-0, Gervinho pulled one back for Les Elephants in the 74th minute, it was the type of goal to which we grew accustomed this past season. Gervinho, cutting in from the wing, split two defenders, evaded a third, and narrowly beat the keeper on the near post.
We've said it a million times, but despite his failings, Gervinho is among the world's most exciting footballers, one who can beat any defender on earth at any given moment, turning the tide of a match in an instant, leaving opponents bewildered and fans in hysterics.
For the match, Gervinho took 48 touches, created one scoring chance, pulled off four dribbles, completed 81% of his passes and was, obviously, one-for-one on shot attempts, scoring his nation's only goal this afternoon. Unfortunately for Les Elephants, it was not enough to overcome Colombia, who now sits atop Group C.
While Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure are the more celebrated names on Côte d'Ivoire, Gervinho has outperformed his more famous teammates thus far in World Cup 2014. This has been an incredible year for Gervinho, to say the least. It's amazing what a reunion with Rudi Garcia can do for a once wayward career.
Gervinho and his countrymen are now in second place in Group C and will fight for their World Cup lives Tuesday against Vasilis Torosidis and Greece.