2014 FIFA World Cup Group C

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Group C of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, and Japan. Play began on 14 June and ended on 24 June 2014.

Teams[edit]

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
C1 (seed)  Colombia CONMEBOL CONMEBOL 2nd runners-up 11 October 2013 5th 1998 Round of 16 (1990) 4 8
C2  Greece UEFA UEFA Play-off winners 19 November 2013 3rd 2010 Group stage (1994, 2010) 15 12
C3  Ivory Coast CAF CAF Third Round winners 16 November 2013 3rd 2010 Group stage (2006, 2010) 17 23
C4  Japan AFC AFC Fourth Round Group B 1st winners 4 June 2013 5th 2010 Round of 16 (2002, 2010) 44 46
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Colombia 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
 Greece 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
 Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
 Japan 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1

Matches[edit]

Colombia vs Greece[edit]

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 1994, where Colombia won 2–0.[1] Colombia midfielder Fredy Guarín was suspended for the match, after being sent off in the team's final qualifier against Paraguay.[2]

Colombia took the lead within five minutes, Juan Cuadrado's cutback was converted by Pablo Armero via a deflection off Greek defender Kostas Manolas. Colombia extended the lead in the second half, when Abel Aguilar flicked on a corner kick from James Rodríguez and Teófilo Gutiérrez scored from close range. Greece's best chance fell to Theofanis Gekas, who headed against the bar. In stoppage time, Cuadrado set up Rodríguez to complete the scoring with a low shot.[3]

The 3–0 scoreline was Colombia's biggest win to date in the World Cup.[4]

14 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Colombia  3–0  Greece
Armero Goal 5'
Gutiérrez Goal 58'
Rodríguez Goal 90+3'
Report
Colombia
Greece
GK 1 David Ospina
RB 18 Juan Camilo Zúñiga
CB 2 Cristián Zapata
CB 3 Mario Yepes (c)
LB 7 Pablo Armero Substituted off 74'
CM 6 Carlos Sánchez Booked 26'
CM 8 Abel Aguilar Substituted off 69'
RW 11 Juan Cuadrado
AM 10 James Rodríguez
LW 14 Víctor Ibarbo
CF 9 Teófilo Gutiérrez Substituted off 76'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Alexander Mejía Substituted in 69'
DF 4 Santiago Arias Substituted in 74'
FW 21 Jackson Martínez Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Argentina José Pékerman
COL-GRE 2014-06-14.svg
GK 1 Orestis Karnezis
RB 15 Vasilis Torosidis
CB 4 Kostas Manolas
CB 19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Booked 52'
LB 20 José Holebas
RM 14 Dimitris Salpingidis Booked 55' Substituted off 57'
CM 2 Giannis Maniatis
CM 21 Kostas Katsouranis (c)
LM 8 Panagiotis Kone Substituted off 78'
CF 7 Georgios Samaras
CF 17 Theofanis Gekas Substituted off 64'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Ioannis Fetfatzidis Substituted in 57'
FW 9 Konstantinos Mitroglou Substituted in 64'
MF 10 Giorgos Karagounis Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Portugal Fernando Santos

Man of the Match:
James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Assistant referees:
Mark Hurd (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Ivory Coast vs Japan[edit]

The two teams had met in three previous matches, all in friendlies, most recently in 2010.[6]

Japan took the lead in the first half, when Keisuke Honda collected a pass from Yuto Nagatomo after a quick throw-in to strike home. However, Ivory Coast came back with two goals in two minutes in the second half, first Wilfried Bony headed in from Serge Aurier's cross, followed by a Gervinho header from another cross from Aurier.[7]

With his goal, Honda became the first Japanese player to score in two World Cups, and also claimed sole possession of being the top Japanese scorer in World Cup history with three total goals.[8]

14 June 2014
22:00 UTC−3
Ivory Coast  2–1  Japan
Bony Goal 64'
Gervinho Goal 66'
Report Honda Goal 16'
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 40,267
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)[5]
Ivory Coast
Japan
GK 1 Boubacar Barry
RB 17 Serge Aurier
CB 5 Didier Zokora Booked 58'
CB 22 Sol Bamba Booked 54'
LB 3 Arthur Boka Substituted off 75'
CM 9 Cheick Tioté
CM 20 Serey Die Substituted off 62'
AM 19 Yaya Touré (c)
RF 8 Salomon Kalou
CF 12 Wilfried Bony Substituted off 78'
LF 10 Gervinho
Substitutions:
FW 11 Didier Drogba Substituted in 62'
DF 18 Constant Djakpa Substituted in 75'
FW 13 Didier Ya Konan Substituted in 78'
Manager:
France Sabri Lamouchi
CIV-JPN 2014-06-14.svg
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima
RB 2 Atsuto Uchida
CB 22 Maya Yoshida Booked 23'
CB 6 Masato Morishige Booked 64'
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
DM 16 Hotaru Yamaguchi
DM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c) Substituted off 54'
RW 9 Shinji Okazaki
AM 4 Keisuke Honda
LW 10 Shinji Kagawa Substituted off 86'
CF 18 Yuya Osako Substituted off 67'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Yasuhito Endō Substituted in 54'
FW 13 Yoshito Ōkubo Substituted in 67'
MF 11 Yoichiro Kakitani Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Italy Alberto Zaccheroni

Man of the Match:
Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast)

Assistant referees:
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Sergio Román (Chile)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Colombia vs Ivory Coast[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[9]

After a goalless first half, Colombia scored first when James Rodríguez headed in Juan Cuadrado's corner. The lead was extended six minutes later when Ivory Coast was caught in possession, and Teófilo Gutiérrez released substitute Juan Quintero to score. Ivory Coast reduced the deficit through Gervinho, who received a pass from Arthur Boka in the left wing, dribbled past three Colombian players and shot home.[10]

The second goal of the tournament by Rodríguez allowed him to join Bernardo Redín and Adolfo Valencia as the only Colombian players to score more than one goal in the World Cup.[11]

19 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Colombia  2–1  Ivory Coast
Rodríguez Goal 64'
Quintero Goal 70'
Report Gervinho Goal 73'
Colombia
Ivory Coast
GK 1 David Ospina
RB 18 Juan Camilo Zúñiga
CB 2 Cristián Zapata
CB 3 Mario Yepes (c)
LB 7 Pablo Armero Substituted off 72'
CM 8 Abel Aguilar Substituted off 79'
CM 6 Carlos Sánchez
RW 11 Juan Cuadrado
AM 10 James Rodríguez
LW 14 Víctor Ibarbo Substituted off 53'
CF 9 Teófilo Gutiérrez
Substitutions:
MF 20 Juan Quintero Substituted in 53'
DF 4 Santiago Arias Substituted in 72'
MF 15 Alexander Mejía Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Argentina José Pékerman
COL-CIV 2014-06-19.svg
GK 1 Boubacar Barry
RB 17 Serge Aurier
CB 5 Didier Zokora Booked 55'
CB 22 Sol Bamba
LB 3 Arthur Boka
CM 20 Serey Die Substituted off 73'
CM 9 Cheick Tioté Booked 90'
RW 10 Gervinho
AM 19 Yaya Touré (c)
LW 15 Max Gradel Substituted off 67'
CF 12 Wilfried Bony Substituted off 60'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Didier Drogba Substituted in 60'
FW 8 Salomon Kalou Substituted in 67'
MF 6 Mathis Bolly Substituted in 73'
Manager:
France Sabri Lamouchi

Man of the Match:
James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Assistant referees:
Michael Mullarkey (England)
Darren Cann (England)
Fourth official:
Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
Fifth official:
Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)

Japan vs Greece[edit]

Arena das Dunas before the Japan x Greece match.

The two teams had met in one previous match, in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Japan 1–0.[9]

Greece was reduced to ten men in the first half when Kostas Katsouranis was booked twice in eleven minutes. In the second half, Greece had a Theofanis Gekas header saved, while Japan, which needed at least a point to stay alive in the competition, had chances to score through Yoshito Ōkubo and Atsuto Uchida, but the game finished goalless.[12] The result ensured Colombia's qualification to the knockout stage, their first since 1990.

This was the first clean sheet kept by Greece in World Cup history.[13]

19 June 2014
19:00 UTC−3
Japan  0–0  Greece
Report
Arena das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 39,485
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Japan
Greece
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima
RB 2 Atsuto Uchida
CB 22 Maya Yoshida
CB 15 Yasuyuki Konno
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
CM 16 Hotaru Yamaguchi
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c) Booked 12' Substituted off 46'
RW 9 Shinji Okazaki
AM 4 Keisuke Honda
LW 13 Yoshito Ōkubo
CF 18 Yuya Osako Substituted off 57'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Yasuhito Endō Substituted in 46'
MF 10 Shinji Kagawa Substituted in 57'
 
Manager:
Italy Alberto Zaccheroni
JPN-GRE 2014-06-19.svg
GK 1 Orestis Karnezis
RB 15 Vasilis Torosidis Booked 89'
CB 4 Kostas Manolas
CB 19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos
LB 20 José Holebas
DM 21 Kostas Katsouranis (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 27', 38'
CM 2 Giannis Maniatis
CM 8 Panagiotis Kone Substituted off 81'
RW 18 Giannis Fetfatzidis Substituted off 41'
LW 7 Georgios Samaras Booked 55'
CF 9 Kostas Mitroglou Substituted off 35'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Theofanis Gekas Substituted in 35'
MF 10 Giorgos Karagounis Substituted in 41'
FW 14 Dimitris Salpingidis Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Portugal Fernando Santos

Man of the Match:
Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Assistant referees:
William Torres (El Salvador)
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Marwa (Kenya)

Japan vs Colombia[edit]

The two teams had met in two previous matches, most recently in a friendly in 2007, and also in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Colombia 1–0.[14]

Colombia took the lead mid-way through the first half, with Juan Cuadrado converting a penalty kick after Japan centre back Yasuyuki Konno fouled Colombia striker Adrián Ramos in the box. Japan then equalised through Shinji Okazaki's headed goal from a cross from Keisuke Honda in first half stoppage time. Colombia's James Rodríguez was introduced after the half time break, and was credited for providing two assists for two goals scored by Jackson Martínez, on 55 minutes and 82 minutes respectively, before finishing off the scoring with a strike of his own, assisted by Ramos, at 90 minutes.[15] Colombia, which had already qualified for the knockout stage but needed a point to be certain of winning the group, finished as group winners with a perfect record of three wins out of three, while Japan, which had to win the match to have any chance to qualify, were eliminated.

Faryd Mondragón became the oldest player to make an appearance in the history of the World Cup, at the age of 43 years, 3 days, when he came on for the last five minutes of the match, breaking the record of Roger Milla, who played at the 1994 World Cup at the age of 42.[16] He also set the record for the longest time between World Cup appearances as 15 years and 363 days had passed since his last versus England at the 1998 World Cup, breaking Alfred Bickel's record of 12 years between appearances (1938–1950).[17]

24 June 2014
16:00 UTC−4
Japan  1–4  Colombia
Okazaki Goal 45+1' Report Cuadrado Goal 17' (pen.)
Martínez Goal 55'82'
Rodríguez Goal 90'
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 40,340
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
Japan
Colombia
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima
RB 2 Atsuto Uchida
CB 22 Maya Yoshida
CB 15 Yasuyuki Konno Booked 16'
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
CM 14 Toshihiro Aoyama Substituted off 62'
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
RW 9 Shinji Okazaki Substituted off 69'
AM 4 Keisuke Honda
LW 10 Shinji Kagawa Substituted off 85'
CF 13 Yoshito Ōkubo
Substitutions:
MF 16 Hotaru Yamaguchi Substituted in 62'
FW 11 Yoichiro Kakitani Substituted in 69'
MF 8 Hiroshi Kiyotake Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Italy Alberto Zaccheroni
JPN-COL 2014-06-24.svg
GK 1 David Ospina (c) Substituted off 85'
RB 4 Santiago Arias
CB 23 Carlos Valdés
CB 16 Éder Balanta
LB 7 Pablo Armero
DM 15 Alexander Mejía
DM 13 Fredy Guarín Booked 63'
RM 11 Juan Cuadrado Substituted off 46'
LM 20 Juan Quintero Substituted off 46'
SS 19 Adrián Ramos
CF 21 Jackson Martínez
Substitutions:
MF 5 Carlos Carbonero Substituted in 46'
MF 10 James Rodríguez Substituted in 46'
GK 22 Faryd Mondragón Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Argentina José Pékerman

Man of the Match:
Jackson Martínez (Colombia)

Assistant referees:
Bertino Cunha (Portugal)
Tiago Trigo (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Fifth official:
Eric Boria (United States)

Greece vs Ivory Coast[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[14] Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis (red card in previous match) and Ivory Coast defender Didier Zokora (accumulation of yellow cards) were suspended for the match.[18][19]

Greece, which had to win to have any chance to qualify for the knockout stage, went in front in the 42nd minute after Cheick Tioté's defensive mistake allowed substitute Andreas Samaris to steal the ball, play a one-two with Georgios Samaras, and run in on goal before shooting past the goalkeeper. In the second half, substitute Wilfried Bony equalised with a low finish after Gervinho's pass from the left. As Japan were losing to Colombia in the other match played at the same time, Ivory Coast only required a point to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time.[20] The game looked to be heading for a draw, until Greece won a penalty in injury time when Giovanni Sio tripped Samaras as he was about to strike the ball, and Samaras scored the penalty hitting the ball to the goalkeeper's left. The win meant Greece finished as the group runners-up, and put them into the knockout stage for the first time in its World Cup history (after unsuccessful campaigns in 1994 and 2010), while Ivory Coast were eliminated in the group stage for the third tournament in a row.[21]

24 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Greece  2–1  Ivory Coast
Samaris Goal 42'
Samaras Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Report Bony Goal 74'
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 59,095
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Greece
Ivory Coast
GK 1 Orestis Karnezis Substituted off 24'
RB 15 Vasilis Torosidis
CB 4 Kostas Manolas
CB 19 Sokratis Papastathopoulos
LB 20 José Holebas
DM 10 Giorgos Karagounis (c) Substituted off 78'
CM 2 Giannis Maniatis
CM 16 Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
RW 8 Panagiotis Kone Substituted off 12'
LW 7 Georgios Samaras
CF 14 Dimitris Salpingidis
Substitutions:
MF 22 Andreas Samaris Substituted in 12'
GK 12 Panagiotis Glykos Substituted in 24'
FW 17 Theofanis Gekas Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Portugal Fernando Santos
GRE-CIV 2014-06-24.svg
GK 1 Boubacar Barry
RB 17 Serge Aurier
CB 4 Kolo Touré
CB 22 Sol Bamba
LB 3 Arthur Boka
CM 9 Cheick Tioté Substituted off 61'
CM 20 Serey Die Booked 70'
RW 8 Salomon Kalou Booked 62'
AM 19 Yaya Touré
LW 10 Gervinho Substituted off 83'
CF 11 Didier Drogba (c) Booked 37' Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
FW 12 Wilfried Bony Substituted in 61'
MF 14 Ismaël Diomandé Substituted in 78'
FW 21 Giovanni Sio Substituted in 83'
Manager:
France Sabri Lamouchi

Man of the Match:
Georgios Samaras (Greece)

Assistant referees:
Christian Lescano (Ecuador)
Byron Romero (Ecuador)
Fourth official:
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Fifth official:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit". FIFA.com. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Match suspensions to be served at the final competition of the FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Colombia 3 Greece 0". BBC Sport. 14 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "World Cup - Colombia ease to win over Greece". Yahoo! Sport. 14 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Referee designations for matches 5-8". fifa.com. 12 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit". FIFA.com. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1". BBC Sport. 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Japan beaten by Drogba-inspired Ivory Coast in World Cup opener". The Mainichi. 15 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "2014 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit". FIFA.com. p. 29. 
  10. ^ "Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "James Rodríguez iguala a Bernardo Redín y Adolfo Valencia con dos goles" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 20 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Japan 0 Greece 0". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "World Cup - Ten-man Greece hang on for draw against Japan". Yahoo! Sport. 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "2014 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit". FIFA.com. p. 42. 
  15. ^ "Japan 1 Colombia 4". BBC Sport. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jackson Martínez scores twice as Carlos Valderrama's side top group to set up Uruguay tie". Daily Telegraph. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Late goals decisive on big day for keepers". FIFA.com. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Goalless Draw Keeps Japan And Greece Alive". The New Indian Express. 20 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Colombia edge Ivorians". Kickoff.com. 19 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Greece advance with last-gasp penalty to deny Ivory Coast progress". Guardian. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1". BBC Sport. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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