Colombia thrashed Greece by 3 goals to nil in the opening fixture of Group C to register their biggest win in World Cup history. The South Americans took the lead early in the game with a 5th minute goal from the eccentric Pablo Armero, who’s weak shot managed to squeeze past the Greek defense right into the back of the next.
The celebrations after that were equally eccentric. It was no looking back after that for Jose Pekerman’s side who added a second goal at the hour mark after a low corner was cleverly flicked by Aguilar, thus allowing the poaching Gutierrez to stab one into the net from close range.
The stage was then set for youth prodigy James Rodriguez, who curled a shot into the bottom corner in the dying seconds of the match to make it 3-0. Rodriguez was phenomenal throughout the night and he capped it off with a fine goal.
Greece never really challenged the Columbians except for a few shots on target. They held possession for long patches of the game but failed to make the final passes that eventually mattered. The closest they came to scoring was through veteran striker Gekas, who failed to keep his shot down and agonizingly hit the top of the crossbar. It is indeed a demoralizing defeat for the Greeks and they must look to put this game behind them.
There was a sea of yellow in Belo Horizonte and it was certainly not the Brazilians. The Columbians turned out in large numbers to support their nation and they were rewarded with a fine display of attractive football.
Line ups: Colombia (Possible, 4-4-2): Ospina; Zuniga, Yepes, Zapata, Armero; Cuadrado, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Sanchez; Gutierez, Ibarbo.
Greece (Possible, 4-4-2): Karnezis; Torosidis, Papasthathopoulos, Manolas, Holebas; Salpingidis, Katsouranis, Maniatis, Kone; Samaras, Gekas.
Man of the match – James Rodriguez was outstanding on the night and richly deserves to be the man of the match. The Greece were outdone by his trickery as he dominated the midfield and scored a neat goal.