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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Greece down, Uruguay out?

Fernando Santos' Greece side looked as miserable and depressed as its coach, Oscar Washington Tabarez's Uruguay was unrecognizable. This is without doubt the World Cup of upsets. The question is, can Uruguay survive, against Italy and England?

Group C

Colombia 3 Greece 0

Armero 5

Gutiérrez 58

James Rodríguez 90

Colombia got off to the best start possible, putting the ball away on 5 minutes, when Armero shot through a crowded area, blinding Greek goalkeeper Karnezis to the shot. When he saw it, it was in his net. 1-0 to Colombia, which then sat back and gave possession to Greece.

On 6', Kone shot just wide, Torosidis headed just wide on 28', two corners ensued on 34' and 39' and on 44', Kone forced Ospina to make a great save, conceding another corner.However, after 45 minutes, the score remained at 1-0 to Colombia. After the break, James Rodriguez tested Karnezis. Greece did noit take advantage of the ball possession, and things got worse after 58' when Gutiérrez fired home his shot after a corner. Greece's misery and ineffective attack, which made the team look as miserable as its coach, the Portuguese Fernando Santos looking on as if he was attending a tragedy, was compounded as the game ended, when James Rodríguez fired in the third.

Greece distributed the ball around the park but has to do far better in the remaining games.

Match statistics

Colombia

Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (Capt), C. Sanchez, Armero (Arias), Aguilar T. (Mejia), Teo (Jackson Martínez), James Rodríguez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuñiga

Coach: Jose PEKERMAN

Yellow cards: Sanchez

Greece

Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone (Karagounis), Salpingidis (Fetfatzidis), Torosidis, Gekas (Mitroglou), Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Cholevas, Katsouranis (Capt)

Coach: Fernando SANTOS

Yellow card: Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Salpingidis

  

Ball possession: Colombia 48% Greece 52%

Shots/on target: Colombia 13/6 Greece 11/2

Corners: Colombia 4 Greece 4

Fouls committed: Colombia 19 Greece 14

  

  

  

  

Goal scorers

Colombia: Armero, Gutiérrez, James Rodríguez

  

  

  

Group D

  

Uruguay 1 Costa Rica 3

Cavani 24 Campbell 54, Duarte 57 Ureña 84

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Match statistics

  

Uruguay

Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Cáceres, Gargano (González), Lugano, Godín, Stuani, Arévalo Rios, Forlán (Lodeiro), Cavani, Rodríguez (Hernández)

  

Coach: Oscar Washington TABAREZ

Yellow cards: Gargano, Lugano, Cáceres

Red Card: Maxi Pereira

  

Costa Rica

Navas, Gamboa, Díaz Campbell, Umaña, Gonzalez, Duarte, Ruiz (Ureña), Tejeda Valverde (Cubero), Campbell, Borges, Bolaños (Barrantes)

 

Coach: Jorge Luis PINTO

 

Ball possession: Uruguay 56% Costa Rica 44%

Shots/on target: Uruguay 9/3 Costa Rica 13/4

Corners: Uruguay 5 Costa Rica 6

Fouls committed: Uruguay 20 Costa Rica 18

 

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