Colombia scored a fortunate goal early against Greece and didn't look back, winning their first group-stage match 3-0. The deflected goal in the 8th minute was a confidence blow to Greece that was compounded by several near misses and great saves by Colombia keeper David Ospina. Making the situation even worse for the Euro 2004 winners was the fact that the stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil had the deafening, vibrant feel of a Colombia home game. It was just too much to overcome.
Man of the Match
James Rodriguez, Colombia — He scored Colombia's final goal in the third minute of injury time and was an integral part of their attack throughout the match, as per usual.
Colombia's team celebration after their first goal will have a place in montage packages throughout the tournament.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty on referee Mark Geiger, who had a much better day than any of his fellow World Cup officials so far.
Teofilo Gutierrez after scoring Colombia's second goal. Pure joy.
This was a very important performance for Colombia going forward. The three points might have been predicted, but to show they can score goals and control a match without injured talisman Falcao was an important precedent to set right from the start. The Ivory Coast could provide a better test for Colombia, but as long as they have the massive crowd support they did in this match (which might have been even more impressive than Brazil's in the opener), they will maintain a distinct advantage.
Greece, meanwhile, will need a win against Japan to keep their hopes of advancing out of the group realistic.
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