Colombia thump Greece

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The goals were scored by Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez.

Greece had conceded only four times during qualifying for the World Cup, but it took just five minutes for their defence to be breached, with Armero scoring.

A well-worked move down the right culminated in Armelo charging on to a clever dummy by Rodriguez and wrong-footing Orestis Karnezis with a deflected right-foot shot.

The Greeks nearly pulled a goal back minutes later when Panagiotis Kone sliced a shot narrowly wide following good play on the left by Georgios Samaras.

Kone's finishing continued to prove wayward as the half wore on, but with Samaras's pace stretching the Colombians; an equaliser began to seem increasingly likely.

Colombia continued to carry a threat into the second half when a shot from Rodriguez forced a save out of Karnezis parrying the ball to safety.

The Greece keeper was helpless to prevent the second goal on 58 minutes, when Abel Aguilar flicked on a corner for Teofilo Gutierrez to slide home from close-range to make the score 2-0.

Theofanis Gekas chalked up one of the misses of the tournament for Greece, heading against the crossbar when it appeared easier to score.

The third goal came in injury time when the Rodriguez prodded home into the bottom corner from 16-yards to make the score 3-0.

Greece must now look to make up lost ground in their next match against Japan, who face Côte d'Ivoire later this evening in Recife.

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