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.