Greece pushed forward throughout the match. There were moments when it seemed like the Greeks were about to turn the tide and claw back into their World Cup opener. But they went lead-footed as Colombia found goal after goal in a 3-0 victory in their first match of Group C play on Saturday.
Pablo Armero connected first, just five minutes into the match, blasting a right-footed shot off a pass from Juan Guillermo Cuadrado that beat Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis for the 1-0 lead. Both sides had opportunities from there, but the one-goal lead would hold through the first half.
The second half started off fast, both squads hunting for the second goal of the match. A dozen minutes into the second frame, that goal finally came on a corner kick for Colombia. Teofilo Gutierrez found the end of the deflected corner with an outstretched leg to tap in the insurance goal.
Greece pressed forward, nearly pulling one back five minutes later as Theofanis Gekas hit the crossbar on a header that had Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina beat. A slew of substitutions followed, and Greece continued to hunt for a way back into the match.
The Colombians tightened up defensively in the final minutes, playing a possession game that prevented the 2004 European champions from finding any opportunities to stage a comeback. James Rodriguez put the match out of reach in stoppage time, blasting a shot with his left foot that Karnezis reached with outstretched fingertips but could not stop.