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Colombia, Ivory Coast locked at 0-0 at halftime in Group C match at World Cup

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    Colombia's Teofilo Gutierrez, right, tries to kick the ball while on the ground during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) (The Associated Press)

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    Colombia's James Rodriguez, right. and Ivory Coast's Max Gradel fight for the ball during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) (The Associated Press)

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    Colombia's James Rodriguez deflates a large inflatable ball that was thrown onto the pitch during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

Colombia striker Teofilo Gutierrez spurned the best chance of the first half to leave his team locked at 0-0 with Ivory Coast at halftime in a Group C game at the World Cup.

James Rodriguez's cross in the 28th minute fell perfectly for Gutierrez just outside the six-yard box, but he miscued his volley and it skewed wide.

That was the only clear-cut chance of a cagey game — played Thursday in front of a partisan pro-Colombian crowd — between two teams which opened with wins in Brazil.

Effectively playing an away match, the Ivorians only threatened with long-range efforts by Cheikh Tiote and Serge Aurier. Didier Drogba was again on the bench for the African side.