Colombia 3-0 Greece: Former West Ham defender scores in easy win

Colombia 3 - 0 Greece

  • 5" Pablo Armero
  • 58" Teófilo Gutiérrez
  • 93" James Rodríguez

Ref: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 57,174

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Goals from Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez were enough for Colombia to get the better of Greece.

Colombia kicked off their 2014 World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Greece in Group C at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

The European side had the first shot of the game in the fifth minute when Giannis Maniatis saw his long-range attempt saved by goalkeeper David Ospina.

However, just seconds later, Colombia surged ahead through Pablo Armero. The 27-year-old Napoli defender, who joined Premier League club West Ham United on loan in January, shot home after being teed up by Juan Cuadrado.

Greece created a chance to equalise just two minutes later, but it was their South American opponents who dominated territory and made more attacking forays during the remainder of the first half.

James Rodriguez had a shot from outside the box saved by Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, and he came close again on 37 minutes.

The Monaco star had yet another chance to get his name on the scoresheet just four minutes into the second half, but once again he was denied by Karnezis.

Then just before the hour mark, Colombia scored their second goal when Teofilo Gutierrez turned the ball home from close range after it had fallen to him from a corner.

Theofanis Gekas was unlucky not to halve the deficit for Greece on 63 minutes when his header from close range came back off the crossbar.

Rodriguez wrapped up the victory for Colombia in injury time with a well-taken shot from inside the Greeks’ penalty box.

Statistics

Colombia

Greece

Possession

48.1%
51.9%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Colombia

  • David Ospina
  • Juan Zuñiga
  • Pablo Armero
  • Mario Yepes
  • Cristian Zapata
  • James Rodríguez
  • Abel Aguilar
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
  • Víctor Ibarbo
  • Teófilo Gutiérrez

Substitutes

  • Jackson Martinez
  • Camilo Vargas
  • Carlos Valdés
  • Carlos Carbonero
  • Carlos Bacca
  • Eder Balanta
  • Adrián Ramos
  • Juan Quintero
  • Santiago Arias
  • Alexander Mejía
  • Faryd Mondragón

Greece

  • Orestis Karnezis
  • José Holebas
  • Vasilis Torosidis
  • Sokratis
  • Kostas Manolas
  • Panagiotis Kone
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Konstantinos Katsouranis
  • Dimitrios Salpingidis
  • Giannis Maniatis
  • Theofanis Gekas

Substitutes

  • Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
  • Kostas Mitroglou
  • Stefanos Kapino
  • Giorgios Tzavellas
  • Vangelis Moras
  • Panagiotis Glykos
  • Loukas Vyntra
  • Andreas Samaris
  • Giorgos Karagounis
  • Ioannis Fetfatzidis
  • Alexandros Tziolis
  • Panagiotis Tachtsidis

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