Colombia scored 3 goals against Greece at the first match for both Group C teams in the 2014 World Cup at Brazil’s Bello Horizonte on Saturday, June 14.
In the first half, the fifth-minute goal from Pablo Armero, which was the quickest goal ever in the World Cup for Colombia, remained the difference. James Rodríguez, who provided the assist from the right corner after a brilliant dummy on Armero’s goal, was Colombia’s most dangerous player throughout the half with creative feeds near Greece’s goal. In the 45th minute, a beautiful shot by Panagiotis Kone is being saved by Colombia’s goalkeeper, Ospina. The Greek curled a right – footed shot to the right corner. Ospina tips it away for a corner.
In the second half, Greece was able to find some shape and control in the Colombian half and create some opportunities. Greece lost a tremendous opportunity in the 65th minute. Torosidis does brilliantly to get to the byline and volleys the ball back across goal – Gekas only has to head it in front of him and it’s a goal but he contrives to hit the bar from five yards out. Unbelievable miss.
Colombia didn’t come out looking convincing in this second period but, from Rodriguez’ corner from the right, Gutierrez manages to beat his man at the near post to guide a right-footed shot past Karnezis.
In fairness to them the Latinos were looking for a third goal – although the pace of the game had undoubtedly dropped. And they found it in the last minute with James Rodriguez. Colombia was the best team in the field and deserved the three points, but the final score 3-0 to the Latinos was not fair.
We are not out of the World Cup yet. Next games against Japan and Ivory Coast. Colombia next faces Ivory Coast on Thursday at noon, while Greece plays Japan on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Watch the goals:
Here is the live of the game:
13.45 GOAL! COLOMBIA – GREECE 3-0 with James Rodriguez.
13.36 Third substitute for Greece. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Panagiotis Kone.
13.30 57.174 tickets were sold today in the “Mineirao”.
13.20 WHAT A CHANCE FOR GREECE! Theofanis Gekas wastes a great opportunity. The ball hits the post.
13.16 Teófilo Gutiérrez finishes unmarked from three yards.
13. 15 GOAL! COLOMBIA – GREECE 2-0.
13.14 First sub for Greece, as the booked Dimitris Salpigidis is off for Ioannis Fetfatzidis.
13.12 Another yellow card for Greece. Dimitris Salpigidis is being booked for carrying down Armero.
13.06. Papastathopoulos is booked for a bad challenge.
13.00 Second half begins. Colombia – Greece 1-0.
12. 55 FIRST HALF SUMMARY:
Only five minutes had gone when Armero hit the ball low into the bottom left of the goal after a brilliant dummy from James Rodriguez. Greece were forced to chase the game, after Armero hit the ball low into the bottom left of the goal after a brilliant dummy from James Rodriguez. We have more ball possession and a great chance to score with Panagiotis Kone. Victor Ibarbo is constantly looking to take his man on down the left flank, while Gutierrez is proving a handful. All in all, we are watching a bad and slow game.
12.47 HALF TIME: COLOMBIA – GREECE 1-0
12.45 WHAT A CHANCE FOR GREECE!! Beautiful shot by Panagiotis Kone is being saved by Colombia’s goalkeeper, Ospina. The Greek curled a right – footed shot to the right corner. Ospina tips it away for a corner.
12.40 Greece is starting to look dangerous. The ball possession is 60 to 40 % for Greece.
12.28 CHANCE for Greece. Header from Vassilis Torosidis goes wide.
12.27 YELLOW CARD for Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez for a rough foul on Yiorgos Samaras. The first booking of the match.
12.20 Colombis is still leading 1-0. The Latinos are defending well.
12.07 Shot by Panagiotis Kone goes wide.
12.06 Goal for Colombia from Napoli’s Pablo Armero’s shot. The ball hit Kostas Manolas before entering the net. Colombia is leading 1-0.
12.05 GOAL! COLOMBIA – GREECE 1-0
12.00 KICK OFF! COME ON YOU GREECE!!!
11.58. With pride we are listening to Greece’s National Anthem!
11.50. Greek star, Kostas Mitroglou is on the bench. He is not 100% ready. Greece’s manager, Fernando Santos is using Fanis Gekas upfront.
11.35. Thirty thousand Colombians have made a tremendous atmosphere. About 1.000 Greeks will not stop… singing!!
11.16 AM. OFFICIAL LINE – UPS.
COLOMBIA: 1. Ospina (G), J. Zúñiga(D), Zapata (D), Yepes, (D), Armero (D), Cuadrado (M), Aguilar (M), Sanchez (M), Rodriguez (M), Ibarbo (F), Gutierrez (F).
GREECE: Karnezis (G), Torosidis (D), Manolas (D), Papastathopoulos (D), Holebas (D), Katsouranis (M), Kone (M), Maniatis (M), Salpigidis (F), Gekas (F), Samaras (F).
Since 1966, Colombia have averaged the highest possession (58%), the most ball touches per game (794) and the best pass success rate (85% – min. 10 games) at the World Cup.
Greece have failed to score in five of their six games at the World Cup, scoring only against Nigeria (2-1) in 2010 with goals by Dimitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis.
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos has only lost three of his 26 competitive games as Greece supremo (W17 D6).
Colombia had more shots on target than any other team in South American World Cup qualification (99).
Greece kept more clean sheets than any other European team in World Cup qualifying (eight).
11.01 AM. Colombia’s 2-0 friendly victory over Greece ahead of the 1994 World Cup is the only previous meeting between the two nations.
We are all waiting with great anticipation! Greece is playing the opening match against Colombia and we are hoping for the best. Colombia’s 2-0 friendly victory over Greece ahead of the 1994 World Cup is the only previous meeting between the two nations.
I am Dimitris Andrikopoulos from Athens, Greece and I’ll be guiding you through today’s match.
10.31 AM. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, it’s the day you’ ve been all waiting for. Greece vs Colombia, 2014 World Cup opener, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil!