World Cup, Colombia vs Greece result: Colombia take Group C lead with 3-0 win


Group C action started on Saturday with a contest between Colombia and Greece. This was a match between two teams who were were considered as possible contenders to advance out of the group and into the round of 16.

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Colombia were considered heavy favorites heading into the tournament but lost some star players, notably striker Radamel Falcao before the tournament. It didn’t look like the Colombian team was going to have any offensive woes early in the game.

In the fifth minute, Pablo Armero put Colombia on the board with an early goal. It was definitely one that Greek goal keeper Orestis Karnezis could’ve stopped but some how didn’t.

Armero’s shot hit a defender and trickled past him towards the goal. Karnezis took a line out towards it but seemed to give up once the defender made contact and as the ball rolled past him, almost as if he thought the ball would go wide of the post and out of bounds.

After watching the ball roll for a split second Karnezis realized the ball was headed in on goal and leaped back towards the post to try and stop the ball from going in but was too late.

After that the Colombian team celebrated pretty considerably considering how unimpressive and how lucky the goal was.

That scoreline held to till the break and the offensive juggernaut you might have expected after a goal in the opening minutes of the game was held scoreless for the remainder of the half.

Surprisingly the Greek team held on to the ball more often than the Colombians and statistics were pretty level through the game in terms of shots and tackles.

Early in the second half, in the 58th minute, Teófilo Gutiérrez added another goal for Colombia extending their lead and giving them a cushion or insurance goal. This one was far more impressive than the first goal and came off a set piece.

The ball took an initial and low deflection across the face of the goal and Gutiérrez was waiting on the back post to tap it in.

In stoppage time Colombia’s James Rodríguez added another goal to give them a substantial 3-0 lead. That score line is important because goal differential factors into tie breakers and could be handy in the event that there is a tie for one of the top two spots in the table.

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