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Colombia blanks Greece 3-0

Colombia wins their first game of the tournament
Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Colombia made a big statement today in their return to the FIFA World Cup, as they dominated Greece with a 3-0 win in their first game in Group C.

Colombia has not been to the world cup since 1998 and Los Cafateros made sure to take advantage of their debut game in this 2014 tournament.

It took only five minutes before Colombia scored its first goal, as Pablo Armero ripped a shot that deflected off of Orestis Karnezis for the 1-0 lead. Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez scored the all-important goals in Belo Horizonte as Los Cafateros, back on the world stage for the first time since 1998, seized the initiative in Group C.

The first goal go the Colombian fans going and they wouldn't let up over the joy of their country's play.

A few minutes later, Panagiotis Kone nearly put one in for Greece but it was not to be. A few minutes later, Greece got close again as a shot on goal nearly found the back of the net, had it not been for goalie David Ospina's huge save.

During the 58th minute, Colombia struck again, this time off of a corner kick from Abel Aguilar that was knocked in by Teofilo Gutierrez.

Finally, during injury time after 90 minutes of play, Colombia added yet another goal after James Rodriguez kicked one in from about 16 yards away to give the Colombian fans a definitive victory.

Greece will now face Japan in their next match while Colombia will play against Côte d'Ivoire. Later today, Côte d'Ivoire will play against Japan.

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