Group ‘C’ play began Saturday with Colombia vs. Greece. The Greeks showed up for Saturday’s World Cup match versus Colombia but were completely outplayed from start to finish. There were questions going in for both sides, however, Greece was never really a threat in this game and it was evident early on Colombia smelled blood in the waters.
Pablo Amero broke the game open early in the ‘5th minute when he was able to put the ball in goal, despite a deflection from a Greece defender. Juan Cuadrado played a ball into the box and forward James Rodriguez made a dummy step over the ball allowing Amero a shot on goal. Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was fooled by the deflection and the ball skimmed past him with ease.
Just minutes later Greece would come close to scoring on two shots by midfielder Panagiotis Kone. One shot went wide of the goal and the other required quick reactions from Colombian keeper David Ospina to deflect the ball away. That would be as close as Greece would ever get to scoring as Colombia went on to play well for the remainder of the match.
Colombia found the net again in the ’53rd minute when forward Teofilo Gutierrez happened to be in the right spot at the right moment. Off the corner set piece Abel Aguilar got a touch on the ball before it landed on the backside of the goal where Gutierrez calmly put it away. Colombia had shown a spark early in the second half and were able to capitalize putting them up 2-0.
Greece forward Theofanis Gekas would get an opportunity minutes later in the match but would not be able to finish the header watching it bounce off the crossbar. Greece would have their fate sealed in the ’93rd minute when James Rodriguez capped the 3-0 win with a goal following a fast paced push by midfielder Cuadrado, helping Colombia finish in convincing fashion showing the world that they are back in the World Cup and want to be respected.
Colombia will play Ivory Coast next on 6/19.
Greece will play Japan on 6/19.