World Cup 2014 – Group C Match Report: Colombia 3 – Greece 0

15 Jun

Colombia v Greece: Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilGreece’s defense did not have a good day, conceding almost as many goals as they did in all of qualifying. Colombia’s attack started with a goal from a defender. Confusing match.

Colombia: Armero 7’, Gutierrez 58’, Rodriguez 90+3’

Lineups:

Colombia
Ospina, Armero, Zapata, Yepes, Zuniga, Rodriguez, Aguilar, Sanchez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Gutierrez

Greece
Karnezis, Holebas, Papastahathopoulos, Manolas, Torosidis, Maniatis, Katsouranis, Kone, Samaras, Gekas, Salpingidis

The match started as expected, with Greece defending well against Colombia’s attack, but it didn’t last very long. Maniatis managed a shot on goal in the 4th minute, but it was easily caught by Ospina. That led to a new Colombian attack that Greece could not stop. Cuadrado hit a low cross to Armero who trickled the ball past Karnezis for the fastest goal in Colombian World Cup history.

Armero then went on to lead his teammates in a rather exuberant celebratory dance that featured some body popping and a lot of wiggling. This may have been the most exciting moment of the match.

It took only twelve minutes for the commentators to lament about the missing Falcao. Seems like Colombia did fine without him.
The first yellow card of the match was issued in the 26th minute on Colombia’s Sanchez for taking down Greece’s Samaras.

For the next 20 minutes, Greece made a number of shots on goal, but none really came close to being successful. They had two set pieces but couldn’t do anything with them. To be honest, the rest of this half was rather dull, just a lot of running around, kind of like watching children at a playground. The most excitement came whenever they showed Kone, who ForzaSusan and I decided was rather easy on the eyes.

I was kind of glad when half-time arrived, hoping that the teams would come back with more energy.

The second half started with some drama between Greece’s Samaras and Colombia’s Zuniga. First there was a tackle that brought them both down, causing concerns over Zuniga’s injury prone knee. The while running past Zuniga in the box, Samaras went down. To his credit, Samaras let the ref know that there had been no contact.

Unlike the first half, Greece starts the second half with renewed energy. They have a couple of great shots on goal, but Ospina was clearly in charge. As he is rumored to be Arsenal’s replacement for Fabianski, I was very pleased with his performance.

The second yellow card of the match, and first for Greece, was issued on Papastahathopoulos in the 52nd minute for a nasty tackle on Ibarbo. Colombia isn’t able to capitalize on it’s free kick. The next yellow card is issued two minutes later on Salpingidis for taking down Armero. If only Greece could direct some of its feistiness toward scoring goals. And again, Colombia can’t make anything happen with their free kick.

Colombia then earns a corner and finally is able to take advantage of a set piece. James Rodriguez takes the corner on the right and Gutierrez is able to beat Karnezis to the near post for this beautiful goal.

Greece’s best chance for a goal comes in the 63rd minute. Kone chips the ball to Gekas who heads the ball…directly into the bar. This is becoming a nightmare for Greece.

From then until injury time, there is once again just a lot of running back and forth, without a whole lot else happening. Then in the third minute of injury time, Rodriguez is able to kick the ball past the keep after a nice flick from Cuadrado.

Sadly, I think this picture of Kone sums up how Greece feels about their chances in this World Cup.

Next matches:
Colombia v. Ivory Coast, Thursday, June 19th, 12pm EDT
Japan v. Greece, Thursday, June 19th , 6pm EDT

-Dr. P

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