WC2014 Colombia 3 – 0 Greece


No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Greek striker Samaras rues the day.

No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Greek striker Samaras rues the day.

Beware Of Greeks Bearing Gifts

We all know what to expect from the Greeks. Nothing. No generosity, no lovely football, no love, no nothings. Just obdurate defence and the faint possibility of a blitzkreig attack every three games or so. Still, their reputation preceded them and a dour one niller was anticipated. Thankfully the Colombians had other ideas.

Faced with a wall of Greek style defending, which like Greek style yoghurt is thicker and more stodgy than normal bus parking defending, Colombia did football proud. They went ahead early, which was essential for both the game and every neutral watcher’s sanity, and never looked like letting the Greeks back into the game.

The first goal was a great move down the right, with a bit of a jink, a dummy in the middle and a scuffer of a finish which almost crawled into the net, which only served to add insult to injury for the Greeks. Forced to actually play football, the Greeks were ambitious if not accomplished.

Can’t Defend, Won’t Defend

In a most untypical moment, the Greek defence let the Colombians stab in a poorly defended corner, which goes to show how standards have slipped, before Gekas nutted a diving header onto the bar, when scoring looked simpler. Finally, insult was added to injury as the Colombians added a third.

One of the great things about the World Cup is that it pits footballing philosophies against one another. It’s always pleasing to see the more negative philosophies like that of the Greeks get their comeuppance. Since their dour win at Euro 2004, the Greeks have aged, losing both their key defensive stalwarts and blunting their always rather tepid attack. Years of football at Scotland’s highest level haven’t added much to Samaras’ game, other than some ambiguous finger-wagging at the ref.

Colombia may not go very much further than the first knock-out round (where they play the winners of Engerland’s group), but for this win the football world will thank them.

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