Colombia are dangerously lying in wait for England even if Roy Hodgson’s men do make it to the knockout stages.
£40million-rated James Rodriguez and substitute Juan Quintero deservedly ensured the South Americans secured their second consecutive win, outplaying an Ivory Coast side whose big-name players Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony disappointed.
Colombia top Group C with six points and will win it with a draw against Japan in their final match on Tuesday.
Colombia: Ospina, Armero (Arias 72), Yepes, Zapata, Zuniga, Sanchez Moreno, Aguilar (Mejia 78), Ibarbo (Quintero 53), Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Gutierrez.
Subs: Vargas, Carbonero, Guarin, Balanta, Ramos, Martinez, Valdes, Mondragon.
Goals: Rodriguez 64, Quintero 70.
Ivory Coast: Barry, Boka, Bamba, Zokora, Aurier, Die (Bolly 73), Tiote, Gervinho, Yaya Toure, Gradel (Kalou 67), Bony (Drogba 60).
Subs: Gbohouo, Viera, Kolo Toure, Akpa Akpro, Konan, Diomande, Djakpa, Sio, Sayouba.
Goal: Gervinho 74.
Referee: Howard Webb (England)