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Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Travel to Greece Greece in Belo Horizonte.

Match Preview

Colombia and Greece have never met at a World Cup Finals although they did play in New Jersey, prior to USA 1994.

Colombia won the match (2:0) but both teams would be eliminated from the tournament to follow, at the group stage.

The Match

Colombia will miss the injured Falcao at this tournament although James Rodriguez may be a revelation as Colombia make their first appearance at a World Cup Finals since France 1998.

Goalscorers 1:0
Colombia took the lead in the sixth minute, after a Juan Cuadrado cross from the right was dummied and left for Pablo Armero. His grass-cutting shot was then steered towards Orestis Karnezis' lower right post, thanks to a slight deflection from Kostas Manolas.

Manolas redeemed himself in the 25th minute, but going forward Greece struggled to find the creative spark needed to get back on level terms; Georgios Samaras has now gone sixteen matches without a goal.

A couple of the Colombian players tried to encourage their fans to turn up the volume when the ball went out of play for a corner or throw-in.

Panagiotis Kone tried to curl the ball into the top corner just before the break, forcing David Ospina to make his first save of the match for Colombia.

Half-time: Colombia 1 - Greece 0

Greece came out after the break looking a little more lively but Colombia weren't prepared to just sit back either.

Substitutions Fernando Santos needed to inject a little something extra and soon made the first substitution; Ioannis Fetfatzidis of Genoa on for Dimitris Salpingidis, who had just been booked.

Goalscorers 2:0
The substitution did little to unsettle Colombia, who extended their lead when Teofilo Gutierrez stabbed in a low corner that bounced in the middle of the area; after Karnezis was already making a dive.

Substitutions Greece needed to make another substitution.

Just before being substituted, Theofanis Gekas headed onto the bar from a low vantage point, in front of a gaping goal. He would have plenty of time to watch that over in his mind, or even on the large screen; from the bench.

Substitutions Colombia prepared to make their own substitution; Alexander Mejia on for Abel Aguilar.

With twenty minutes left and two goals in front, the South Americans looked to slow things down and instead of making a double substitution as first intended, staggered their three changes to drag a little more time out of the clock.

Colombia passed the ball around with ease for the final five   minutes; their fans now united in singing a happy chorus.

Goalscorers 3:0
From a quickly-taken free-kick, Colombia walz around the defeated Greeks and James Rodriguez end the show with a left-footed strike.

Olé; olé, olé, olé..... indeed.

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Final Score: Colombia 3 - Greece 0
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Goalscorers:
1:0 - Pablo Armero (6 mins)
2:0 - Teofilo Gutierrez (58 mins)
3:0 - James Rodriguez (90 +3 mins)

Teams

Travel to Colombia Colombia:
1-David Ospina; 18-Juan Camilo Zuniga, 2-Cristian Zapata, 3-Mario Yepes, 7-Pablo Armero; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar, 10-James Rodriguez, 11-Juan Cuadrado; 9-Teofilo Gutierrez, 14-Victor Ibarbo.

Travel to Greece Greece:
1-Orestis Karnezis; 4-Kostas Manolas, 15-Vasilis Torosidis, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 20- Jose Holebas; 2-Giannis Maniatis, 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 8-Panagiotis Kone; 14-Dimitris Salpingidis, 17-Theofanis Gekas, 7-Georgios Samaras.

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Yellow Cards 3 yellow cards:
26 mins - Carlos Sanchez (Colombia)
52 mins - Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece)
55 mins - Dimitris Salpingidis (Greece)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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