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Colombian Trio Fire Los Cafeteros To Victory

Colombia snatched the first three points available in Group C when they claimed a 3-0 win over a determined Greece side at the Estadio Mineirao on Saturday.

Pablo Armero opened the scoring for Los Cafeteros on five minutes, only to see their lead triples with goals from Teo Guttierez and James Rodrigues in the second half to keep their unbeaten run in 2014 in tact.

Colombia arrived into the encounter looking for a boost after Ramadel Falcao was ruled out of the tournament due to injury, and they managed to snatch an unexpected lead after just five minutes.

Juan Cuadrado did well to beat his marker and cross it into the box towards Pablo Armero. The Napoli player got onto end of the cross to hit a deceiving deflection that left goalkeeper Orstis Karnezis stranded at the near post.

It was the first goal Colombia had scored in the first half of a World Cup since 1994, and they nearly found themselves level pegging when Greece almost found the back of the net immediately through Panagiotis Kone.

James Rodriguez fired Colombia’s second effort at goal in the 17th minute, but his effort from range flew straight into the hands of Orestis Karnezis.

On 24 minutes Victor Ibarbo showed his exquisite pace and burst into the box. He however couldn’t get a shot on goal as Konstantinos Manolas, who pulled off a great sliding tackle, brilliantly charged down the Cagliari man.

Vasileios Torosidis then saw his header sail narrowly wide of the post, before Ospina pulled off a fantastic save at full stretch to beat away Kone’s hammered strike just before the break.

There was a great moment of sportsmanship at the restart when Giorgios Samaras went down to ground inside the box, but immediately signaled to the referee that it was not a penalty.

Rodriguez then saw his left-footed effort parried away by Karnezis, before the South American’s went 2-0 up just before the hour mark.

A deflected corner filtered in towards the back post and Teo Guttierez did enough to tap it in from the doorstep of the goal-frame.

It was so nearly 2-1 minutes later when Theofanis Gekas was delivered a ball off the byline and he smashed home a headed ball that smacked into the crossbar from five yards. 

Greece's day was summed up when Samaras' effort went painstakingly wide of the upright by inches, before Rodriguez wrapped up the victory with a low ball that rolled into the back of the net in stoppage time. 

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