Colombia makes a great start after defeating Greece 3–0

BELO HORIZONTE — Colombia made an impressive start to their World Cup campaign with a resounding 3–0 over former European champions Greece, in their Group C clash at the Estádio Mineirão.

Colombia looked strong throughout and marked their place as strong candidates for qualification through the group stages for the first time in their history. They took the lead after just five minutes when Serie A striker Pablo Armero took advantage of Juan Cuadrado’s pass back in the box.

Panagiotis Kone, who provided the only real spark for the Greek squad, should have equalised straight after Armero’s goal but scuffed the ball wide. Other than fleeting chances, however, Greece were largely on the back foot, and conceded an inevitable second when Teofilo Gutierrez flicked in James Rodriguez’s corner after half time.

Theofanis Gekas could have brought Greece back into the fray but his shot hit the bar and Colombia made them pay late on when  James Rodriguez scored late on to make Colombia the team to beat in Group C.

Steve Lambert, Editor (Sport)

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