FIFA World Cup 2014: Colombia vs Greece - As it happened...
New Delhi: Colombia made light work of the Greece challenge with a 3-0 win. Goals from Armero, Gutierrez and Rodriguez made sure the Colombians picked up the three important points and kept a clean sheet.
Colombia now sit on top of the standings in Group C. The second match of this group will be played out between Ivory Coast and Japan. With this win, Colombia have boosted their goal difference, which may come come into play late.
FULL TIME: Colombia 3- 0 Greece
James picks up the ball from outside the box and takes a shot with his left foot, which lands in the bottom right corner of the Greek goal. Well deserved goal for James.
90+2'- Goal! James Rodríguez
88'- Cuadrado opens up the Greek defense but instead of taking the shot makes the wrong choice of passing to a teammate.
87'- Colombian fans are celebrating in the stands as they know the result of this match is a foregone conclusion. The delight on their faces is priceless.
85'- Samaras turns and releases his shot, which does not trouble the Colombia goalkeeper.
83'- Even Greece look like they have lost any hope of scoring two goals here. They have not created any notable opening for a while now.
82'- It appears as though the sting in this match has been taken off by Colombia. They putting moves together that end up without a final product.
80'- James Rodriguez has been buzzing all along. He has been running on and on, chasing balls and creating a lot of problems for Greece. He has not stopped running at the defenders from the first minute.
78'- Panagiotis Kone come off and on comes the Greece legend and Euro winner Georgios Karagounis. Greeks are making sure they have an experienced and cool head on the pitch as they try and save this game.
76'- Jose Pekerman is ringing in the changes thick and fast now. Teofilo Gutierrez is taken off for Jackson Martinez. Colombia are making sure they stay compact at the back now without any errors.
73'- Pablo Armero is taken off and on comes Arias. The goalscorer goes off to warm applause from the Colombian fans.
70'- Mitroglou's gets the ball on the edge and lets one fly. The shot deflects wide off Yepes.
68'- Yet another substitution. Aguilar is taken off for Mejia.
66'- Gekas did do much today. Apart from that header off the crossbar, he failed to have any impact on this fixture.
64'- Theofanis Gekas is off and he is replaced by Konstantinos Mitroglou. Good move by Greece. They need some fresh legs to enforce the play now.
63'- Kone's cross is put into the danger area by Torosidis. Gekas meets the ball with a bullet header which ricochets of the crossbar. Greece nearly scored there.
60'- Greece come close as Torosidis' cross is collected by Ospina before Samaras can make any contact.
James corner was flicked on by Aguilar where Teo Gutierrez taped in the ball.
58'- GOAL! Teofilo Gutierrez
57'- Dimitris Salpingidis is taken off after his first yellow. He is replaced by Loannis Fetfatzidis.
55'- Another yellow card. Third of the match and second for Greece. They are making some clumsy tackles. Dimitris Salpingidis is booked for a tackle from behind on the Colombia player. He made no contact with the ball.
52'- Second yellow card of the match is awarded to Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Greece.
50'- James shakes of a challenge to move forward to fire a shot. But Karnezis is up to the task in the Greece goal.
48'- Salpingidis fires one from the edge of the area. Ospina has an easy collection as one of the defenders took the sting out of the shot.
46'- And we are on our way for the second of this match.
HALF TIME: Colombia 1- 0 Greece
45' - Wonderful save by the Colombia keeper. Kone curled a shot into the top right corner of Ospina's goal. But he palmed it away.
43' - Greece would want to go into the break with an equalizer so they gain a bit of momentum. So far they are not creating too many chances.
41' - Ibarbo, James and Gutierrez involved in link-up play on the edge of the area. The Greek defense makes sure there is no damage done. The attack peters away.
40' - Zapata makes sure Kone's ball in the danger area is dealt with. Before putting the ball in, he glided by two tackles while on a wonderful run with the ball.
37' - Ibarbo's sends in a long cross. James who arrived late, connects his volley but the ball goes over the cross bar. Nearly score there. Great skill by James.
36' - The resulting corner is expertly headed away by Yepes.
35' - Armero decides a ignore a long floated delivery for the defense. Maniatis picks the pass and manages to get his cross in.to cross. But he manages to block it and give away a corner.
32'- Samaras rices down to the left side of the goal but Ospina saves his shot on that side. Again, he looks like the only player who could nick a goal for the Greeks.
30' - Manolas accidentally hit Gutierrez's with his arm. The Colombia has requested for medical help. He is off the pitch.
28' - Greece almost score. Holebas' ball is met by Torosidis. His powerful header just flew wide of the left post.
27' - Samaras is creating plenty of problems for Colombia with his physicality. He is fouled yet again, this time by Zunig.
26' - First yellow card of the match is awarded to Colombia C. Sánchez as he brings Samaras down who was looking to set up a counter attack.
23' - Salpingidis fails to collect as long ball that was over-hit. This sums up the performance of the Greeks so far. They have wasted whatever little possession they have.
21' - Colombia look strong on their left. Every time they push forward, the Greece defense has problems coping with them.
19' - Ibarbo creates space on the left with some fancy footwork but Maniatis makes sure he is restricted to just that.
17' - Nice interchange of passes by Ibarbo and Gutierrez. But Manolas is there yet again with a wonderful tackle.
15' - Armero crosses deep to Cuadrado, who is shaken of the ball by Holebas.
14' - Salpingidis catches Yepes with a high foot. That was unintentional as his eyes were on the long ball we wanted to bring down. Free-kick to Colombia.
13' - Finally Greece are managing to put together some passes. But they have not managed to get behind the Colombian defense yet.
11' - Holebas's free-kick hits the Colombia wall. Poor effort from him considering the position.
10' - Greece win a free-kick as Ibarbo fouls Torosidis. This is a promising position for the Greeks.
7'- Almost an equalizer by Greece there. Samaras pulled the ball back for Kone, whose shot is just wide.
5'- Cuadrado cuts a pass back, which is stepped over by James for Armero to strike a goal by a deflection.
5'- GOAL! Pablo Armero
4'- Zuniga is involved in a one-two with Cuadrado, who threads a ball through to Gutierrez. Manolas is alert to the danger and thwarts the attack.
3' - Maniatis bombed down the right and tried to find Gekas with a lofted ball. Ospina comes out to collect the over-hit ball.
2'- It is bright and sunny in Belo Horizonte and Colombia are keeping stroking the ball around.
1'- Here we go. Greece are in the all blue and Colombia in yellow and white.
The players are out on the pitch and all the fans have created an electric atmosphere inside the stadium.
Colombia: Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuniga.
Greece: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Gekas, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis
Day 3 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is here with a Group C clash that has Colombia taking on Greece. They first two days of the tournament have lived up to all the expectations as 15 goals have been scored. The opening fixture of Group C today is offering a mouth-watering prospect.
Colombia are of course without the services of their talisman striker Radamel Falcao. Hence they will rely heavily on James Rodriguez. Greece have shocked big teams at showpiece events before. We all remember their exploits at the Euro 2004. This time, the Greeks will rely on Georgios Samaras to deliver the goods upfront.
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