Jun 19, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; Greece fans cheer before the start of the first half of their 2014 World Cup game against Japan at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup final Group C table: Late Greece penalty buries Ivory Coast


The Group C final pair of games came to a thrilling and wild conclusion. Colombia cruised to a win over Japan to the tune of 4-1, punching their ticket to the Round of 16 as Group C winners.

The Greece game against Ivory Coast was the game where the drama unfolded with the highest of stakes. The Ivory Coast team came into the day in second place and simply needed a draw to advance, an accomplishment this veteran group of Ivory Coast players has never achieved.

Heading into the final moments of stoppage time the game was tied at a goal apiece, then Ivory Coast forward Giovanni Sio gave up a penalty in the box. Giorgos Samaras, who drew the foul, stepped to the spot to put it in the back of the net seconds before the final whistle.

Penalty:

Sio foul

Goal:

Samaras pen

That allowed Greece to leap frog Ivory Coast and advance to the knockout round.

Pos
Team
PTS
GD
P
W
D
L
F
A
1Colombia*94330092
2Greece*4-2311124
3Ivory Coast^3-1310245
4Japan^1-4301226

Knockout Stage

Saturday, June 28
Round of 16, 1A vs. 2B, 11:30 a.m. ET (ABC)
Round of 16, 1C vs. 2D, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Sunday, June 29
Round of 16, 1B vs. 2A, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Round of 16, 1D vs. 2C, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Monday, June 30
Round of 16, 1E vs. 2F, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Round of 16, 1G vs. 2H, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Tuesday, July 1
Round of 16, 1F vs. 2E, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Round of 16, 1H vs. 2G, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Friday, July 4
Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, July 5
Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Tuesday, July 8
Semifinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Wednesday, July 9
Semifinals, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, July 12
Third-place match, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, July 13
Final, 2:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Tags: Colombia Soccer Greece Soccer Ivory Coast Soccer Japan Soccer World Cup