Hello All! Welcome to footyblog’s live coverage of DAY 3 of Brazil 2014, beginning with Colombia vs. Greece
- Colombia beat Greece 3-0 in Belo Horizonte
- Pablo Armero’s 6th minute deflected strike, Gutierrez’s tap-in off a corner in the 58th and James Rodriguez’s stoppage time slot into the bottom left corner are the goals
- Greece had grown into the match following a shaky opening 15, but conceded early and often while also missing many chances despite their possession advantage
Thanks for joining us for this live text of Colombia vs. Greece!
All that being said, the end result is probably what many people expected, all though the 3-0 scoreline is a bit shocking to see against the much talked about Greek defense. It remains the same story for Greece at the World Cup, a lack of offense dooming them (seemingly) again while Colombia look vibrant and dangerous in attack.
Colombia with a solid 3-0 win in front of many of their fans, they appear the favorites now to top Group C while Greece must feel frustrated following a performance in which they held the possession advantage and played attacking football, yet still couldn’t finish in front of net and had a worse than usual defensive performance.
FULL TIME: Colombia polish off Greece 3-0 in Belo Horizonte
Nice passing move finished off by Rodriguez slotting it into the bottom right corner. HUGE Goal Differential moment there.
RODRIGUEZ MAKES IT 3-0 FOR COLOMBIA in stoppage time
Into stoppage time now at the Estadio Mineirao, the fourth official signal for 3 more minutes
Samaras places wide from the edge of the box following a long-spell of possession. The right-back Torrosidis again creating the chance in the 85th
Final ten minutes in Belo Horizonte as Colombia are seemingly just winding down the clock until they can collect the 3 points
SWITCH FOR GREECE IN THE 79TH – Greece’s best player on the day Kone off for talismanic midfielder Karagounis
Arias has a hit on goal, but it is dealt with easily by a diving Karnezis in the 77th
SWITCH FOR COLOMBIA IN THE 76th - Jackson Martinez replaces the other goalscorer Gutierrez
SWITCH FOR COLOMBIA IN THE 74th - Arias replaces the goalscorer Armero
Ospina punches away a cross following the return ball off a Greek corner in the 71st
SWITCH FOR COLOMBIA in the 69th- Alex Mejia comes on for Aguilar, the assist man on Colombia’s second goal
Ospina does well again in the Colombian goal, catching another cross, this one from Torrosidis in the 66th
And with that, Gekas is off for Mitroglou in the 64th
GEKAS with the MASSIVE MISS FOR GREECE. He somehow heads off the crossbar from POINT-BLANK RANGE after Torrosidis sets him up only a platter.
The Greeks yet again concede off of a set piece and the place goes bonkers for Colombia, surely guaranteed the 3 points now
2-0 COLOMBIA in the 58th, Gutierrez punches home off the corner following Aguilar’s flick-on. Disheartening for Greece
Substitution for Greece in the 57th minute – Fetfatzidis on for the booked Salpingidis
Karnezis catches the delivery on the ensuing free kick
Salpingidis now booked for Greece in the 55th.
Papastathoupoulos commits a reckless foul. Lucky to ONLY see a Yellow. Booking for each side now, Colombia with a dangerous free kick
Rodriguez again tests Karnezis, but the Greek keeper saves well. 50 minutes gone
Ospina handles the deflected shot from Salpingidis, good start for Greece after 4 minutes into the second half
Greek penalty appeal not picked up by the official, credit to Samaras for saying there was nothing there
Colombian defender Zuniga shaken up in the early stages here, 47 minutes gone
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY IN BELO HORIZONTE
Action shot from the first 45 at the Estadio Mineirao
Colombia got out to a splendid start with the early deflected goal from Armero, but Greece were the better side for the final 25 minutes and Kone came very close to equalizing right before the half. Fernando Santos can be encouraged by his side’s response to going behind in the hostile environment provided by the swaths of Colombia fans.
HALFTIME IN BELO HORIZONTE. Colombia 1 Greece 0
MASSIVE STOP from Ospina, denies Kone with a tremendous stop to push the ball wide
Another offsides on Greece, its Gekas this time with 3 minutes left before the half
Dangerous throw-in for Colombia after Gutierez messes up a good chance
Offsides on the Greeks, who have honestly played quite well following a helter-skelter opening 15 minutes
Greek corner cut out by the ageless Yepes for Colombia
Corner for Colombia, balls goes through somehow without a touch as Rodriguez finishes well over the bar on the return ball in
Corner results in nothing though, as its cut out following a brief stoppage as the Greeks flood the right side
Yepes leads Colombia on the break before Cuadrado shoots well wide from range, Greece meanwhile go on the counter, corner to the Greeks
Samaras dribbles one to Ospina as the Greeks continue to press
Kone blazes over as Greece are having more and more chances here in Belo… Still 1-0 after half an hour
Samaras brought down again for Greece and the header resulting from the free kick goes just wide of Ospina’s net
Carlos Sanchez goes into the book for Colombia, brings down Samaras on the Greek counter from behind.
26 minutes gone in a very pro-Colombia Belo Horizonte, Armero’s 6th minute goal still the only tally
David Ospina has faced near zero pressure in the Colombian goal so far, as Ospina himself sends the ball into touch
Colombia dominating all facets of the game thus far. They lead in both shots on target and possession
Rodriguez with the effort from range now, Karnezis has no issues with it though
Colombia holding steady now with the lead as Rodriguez receives treatment for a slight injury. 1-0 COL in the 13th minute
Goal credited to Pablo Armero in the 5th minute as a deflection off his shot dribbled it past Karnezis in the Greek net
Massive deflection sees the ball scuff into the net from close range!
Its a nightmare in the back for Greece! GOAL COLOMBIA
Official Mark Geiger of the United States blows his whistle and off we go in Belo Horizonte!
The teams are out, the anthems sung in Belo Horizonte, its go time in the “Group of Life”
COLOMBIA: Ospina zapata Yepes, sanchez Armero Arguilar Guiterezz Rodriguez Cuadrado ibarto zuniga
GREECE: Karnezis Maniatis Manolas Samaras Kone Salpingidis Torosidis Gekas Sokratis Cholevaa Katsouranis
With about 9 minutes to go before the kick in Belo Horizonte, here are the official lineups…