Colombia Vs Greece, Group C - Live Score

SATURDAY 14TH JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | ESTADIO MINEIRãO, BELO HORIZONTE

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Colombia Greece

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P. ARMERO 6 min

Colombia: Los Cafeteros have never made it past the group stage at the FIFA World Cup. Ranked 8 in the FIFA rankings, Colombia boast a strong squad that can frustrate any side on their day. Without their star striker Radamel Falcao participating in the tournament, they still have enough fire-power up front to send Colombia past the group stage.

Greece: The undoubted high point in Greek footballing history was their stunning triumph at EURO 2004 in Portugal, but their record at the FIFA World Cup finals is distinctly modest. They have never managed to wriggle out of the group stage. With players like the experienced Georgios Karagounis and Konstantinos Mitroglou mixed with their never-say-die-attitude they have the ability to cause another shock.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 1

Colombia 1 win, Greece 0 wins, 0 Draws
 

Commentary

(169 Mins)

There will be three minutes of added time.

(168 Mins)

This is Greeces seventh World Cup match, and they are seconds away from their sixth defeat at the World Cup finals. Were into added time.

(165 Mins)

Karagounis gives away a free-kick midway inside the Greek half. Colombia are in no hurry to move the ball forward though, instead sending the ball back towards their defenders. Theyre trying to see the game out now.

(163 Mins)

Nearly a goal for Greece. The ball finds its way to Samaras 25 metres away from goal, and his side-footed shot slides past Ospinas right-hand post.

(161 Mins)

Greece want a penalty again as Torosidis goes down in the box, but nothing is given. The Greek defender doesnt look like hes complaining about that decision.

(159 Mins)

His side may be 2-0 up, but Jose Pekerman is still barking instructions at his team. Less than ten minutes left.

(157 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Final change of the match. Georgios Karagounis replaces Panagiotis Kone.

(156 Mins)

Arias has a shot from outside the box, but Orestis Karlezis makes a conformtable save. the Greeks are running out of time.

(155 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Teofilo Gutierrez makes his way off the field, and Jackson Martinez comes on to replace him.

(153 Mins)

Greece are starting to leave space at the back. Colombia break forward but lose the ball with a wasteful pass.

(152 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Goalscorer Pablo Armero comes off for Santiago Arias. His job is done for the day.

(151 Mins)

Just under twenty minutes left to play. Greece are almost down and out of this.

(149 Mins)

Mitroglou has a shot from 20 metres which is deflected behind for a corner. The ball is headed clear but Greece retain the ball.

(147 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Alexander Mejia is on for Abel Aguilar.

(146 Mins)

Greece are desperately trying to get back into the game, but theyre coming up against a well organised defence.

(144 Mins)

Colombia are 25 minutes away from three points in Group C. The fans are jubilant.

(143 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Thats Gekas last contribution to the match. He is replaced by Kostas Mitroglou.

(141 Mins)

Greece hit the bar! The ball volleyed across goal by Torosidis and Theofanis Gekas heads against the crossbar inside the box. A terrible miss: it was an open goal as well!

(140 Mins)

There is just under half an hour left to play. Greece need score soon if theyre to have any hope of salvaging something from this match.

(137 Mins)

Colombia double their lead! A corner comes over and Teofilo Gutierrez finds himself with an easy finish a metre out from goal.

(136 Mins)

GOAL - Colombia 2-0 Greece (Teofilo Gutierrez)

(135 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Ioannis Fetfatzidis comes on for Salpingidis.

(135 Mins)

The intensity has gone up and we are starting to see a few more fouls creep into the game.

(134 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Dimitrios Salpingidis is shown a yellow for a foul on Pablo Armero.

(132 Mins)

The free-kick hits the wall, however, and the rebound is blasted over the bar.

(131 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Sokratis Papastathopoulos is booked for a heavy challenge. Colombia have a free-kick 30 metres out.

(129 Mins)

Torosidis sends a low ball over from the right, but its straight into the arms of Ospina. Theyve stepped it up a level in the last few minutes.

(127 Mins)

Greece have stared this half more positively. A shot takes a deflection and loops upwards into the sunlight in front of David Ospina. He still manages to catch the ball, however.

(126 Mins)

Drama! Samaras goes down in the box but the referee refuses to give a penalty. It looked like a dive on the replay, although the Greek forward clearly disagrees.

(125 Mins)

Free-kick to Colombia. Samaras slides in and fouls Juan Camilo Zuniga on the half-way line.

(124 Mins)

Were back underway.

(123 Mins)

The Greek fans will need to make some noise to lift their team in the upcoming 45 minutes.

(122 Mins)

The teams are about to return to the pitch for the second half.

(118 Mins)

James Rodriguez has been heavily involved in Colombias attacks so far. Monacos £37 million man is now arguably the squads most high-profile player without the injured Falcao.

(115 Mins)

Colombia and Greece have only played each other once before, in a friendly in New York in 1994. Colombia won the game 2-0.

(113 Mins)

Colombias fans havent stopped cheering since the start of the game. Their campaign has got off to a great start.

(109 Mins)

Greece only had a few shots on target in that half, although they nearly equalised with Kones effort shortly before half-time. Other than that, David Ospina has had very little to do.

(108 Mins)

The referee blows for half time. Armeros early goal is the difference between the two teams as the players head towards the dressing rooms.

(107 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Colombia 1-0 Greece

(106 Mins)

Greece almost score! The ball falls to Kone, who fires a shot towards the top corner. David Ospina dives to his left and pushes the ball clear. Great save!

(105 Mins)

Another chance for Colombia. Cuadrado sends a volley goalwards, but the ball is cleared.

(102 Mins)

Colombia have a corner. Its played short and crossed over, but Yepes header loops wide.

(98 Mins)

Chance for Colombia. A cross drifts over from the left but James Rodriguez can only send a volley blazing over the bar.

(97 Mins)

Referee Mark Geiger has only made the one booking so far. 10 minutes until half-time.

(97 Mins)

Gutierrez rejoined the game shortly before Greeces corner.

(95 Mins)

Greece have the first corner of the game. Kone sends the ball over, but its headed clear. Chance gone.

(94 Mins)

Juan Cuadrado has a shot from 40 metres out, but it bounces wide. That was never going to worry the goalkeeper.

(93 Mins)

Georgios Samaras has a shot at goal, but its saved easily by David Ospina. The Celtic forward has not scored for his country since Euro 2012.

(91 Mins)

Colombia are momentarily down to 10 men. Teofilo Gutierrez was injured in a challenge with Manolas.

(90 Mins)

Jose Pekermans side have had the best chances so far. Just under half an hour played in Belo Horizonte.

(88 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - The referee books Carlos Sanchez. Greece are awarded a free-kick 30 metres out. Torosidis gets on the end of the cross but miss-times the header, the ball bouncing off his shoulder and out of play for a goal-kick.

(85 Mins)

Colombia break forward but Konstantinos Manolas defends well, winning the ball back in his penalty area. They are keeping the ball well in their own half but struggling when they venture further forward.

(81 Mins)

Fernando Santos ponders his tactics on the touchline. The early goal was a big blow for Greece.

(80 Mins)

Its a fairly open game at the moment. For all the talk about the teams defences, both goalkeepers have been kept on their toes.

(78 Mins)

There was some debate before the game about Colombias ability to score after star striker Falcao was ruled out of the tournament with injury. It hasnt hurt them so far.

(74 Mins)

The pace of the game has slowed down as both sides settle into the game.

(71 Mins)

Greece earn a free-kick as Vasilis Torosidis is fouled 30 metres from goal. The shot hits the wall, however.

(71 Mins)

The Colombians were jubilant after that goal. Theyve been waiting to celebrate a World Cup goal since 1998.

(69 Mins)

Nearly an equaliser for Greece. A long range shot arrows wide of goal. Very close indeed.

(67 Mins)

Great start for Colombia! The ball is cut back to Pablo Armero on the edge of the box, who shoots low to the left. The ball takes a slight deflection as it creeps past Orestis Karlezis and into the Greeks net.

(66 Mins)

GOAL - Colombia 1-0 Greece (Pablo Armero)

(65 Mins)

No chances yet. Colombia have seen most of the ball, Greece are sitting deep at the moment.

(62 Mins)

The Colombian fans are making the most noise at the moment, and no wonder. Theyve waited a very long time to get back to the World Cup.

(61 Mins)

And were off. Greece are playing in blue shirts, Colombia in yellow.

(57 Mins)

There have been 15 goals in the opening four games at this tournament, though it looks on paper as though there should be fewer chances in this fixture. Greece kept 8 clean sheets on the way to Brazil, while Colombia conceded the fewest goals in South American qualifying.

(55 Mins)

The teams are out and its time for the anthems. Theres a deafening noise coming from the fans at Estadio Mineirao.

(51 Mins)

Greece will be hoping to make a good start to the tournament: they lost both of their previous opening World Cup matches before today. Its an exciting time for Colombia as well, who are playing in their first World Cup for 16 years.

(46 Mins)

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