Colombia Close to Knockout Round After Win Over Ivory Coast

Colombia moved closer to reaching the final round of 16 (knockout round) in the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast Thursday.

The win in Brasilia lifted Colombia to the lead in Group C with six points, followed by Ivory Coast with three.

James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero scored in a six-minute span of the second half for Colombia, which could be in the knockout round by the end of the day depending on the result from Greece's Group C match against Japan in Natal.

Colombias Juan Quintero (20) scores his sides second goal during their soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil on June 19, 2014. /AP Colombia's Juan Quintero (20) scores his side's second goal during their soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil on June 19, 2014. /AP

In a Group D match in São Paulo, Uruguay kept its round of 16 hopes alive with a 2-1 win over England.

Striker Luis Suarez, who missed Uruguay's opening loss to Costa Rica while recovering from knee surgery, made an instant impact in his return. His header in the 39th minute gave Uruguay a 1-0 lead, and his shot into the roof of the goal in the 85th minute snapped a 1-1 tie for the game-winner.

The defeat left England, beaten by Italy in its opening match, on the verge of failing to reach the second round of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Suarez previously starred for Liverpool in the English Premier League. He scored his second goal after England's Wayne Rooney provided the equalizer in the 75th minute.

Greece and Japan are trying to avoid a second loss that would knock them out of contention.

VOA News / Jun. 20, 2014 08:00 KST