Columbia enters the World Cup after a 16 year exile from the tournament and they will look to make up for the lost years as they take on Euro 2004 winners Greece in the opening fixture of Group C.
Venue: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Date: June 14, 2014
Time: 9:30 pm IST
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The Columbians have been in great from losing only 4 games in their 16 qualification matches. They scored a decent 27 goals in this period and will look to replicate the same attacking form in Brazil. Greece on the other hand is poles apart when compared to their South American counterparts. The Pirates are more conservative in their approach and will look to attack on the break. They are side that enjoys plenty of possession and the Columbians will be vary of this fact.
Radamel Falcao, one of the most sought after players in Europe and Columbia’s prodigal son will miss the world cup owing to a knee injury. He has been in prolific form them and his services will be greatly missed.
Greece on the other hand has an ageing squad to start things with. Despite having plenty of experience, they lack the pace to outdo their South American opposition. This void has to be filled in by strikers Mitroglu and Samaras, who are their trump cards.
The familiarity of the territory will help the Columbians have the edge against the Greeks. But the latter are known to adapt well and hence it will be a key contest.
Colombia (Possible, 4-4-2): Ospina; Zuniga, Yepes, Zapata, Armero; Cuadrado, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Sanchez; Gutierez, Martinez.
Greece (Possible, 4-4-2): Karnezis; Torosidis, Papasthathopoulos, Manolas, Holebas; Salpingidis, Katsouranis, Maniatis, Kone; Samaras, Mitroglou.
Prediction: 2-1 to Columbia
Players to watch out for:
Columbia – James Rodriguez, known as the ‘new Valderrama’ will be Columbia’s key player. He has been in great form them and will be the one pulling the strings in the absence of Falcao. He is one of the ‘young players’ to watch out for this year and let’s hope he lives up to the hype.
Greece – The ‘Pistolero’ as he is dearly called is Greece’s target man. Mitroglu has been a revelation in recent times and he will toe their line this year in Brazil.