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                                                                     Group C

  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

 

 Date  Match  Match Report
14 June 2014

Colombia 3-0 Greece

SETTING THE BALL ROLLING: Pablo Armero's early strike pushed Greece onto the backfoot right from the word go.

Columbia beat Greece easily. Columbia were impressive. The score was three-nil.

Armero scored after fie minutes. Gutiérrez and Rodríguez also scored.

Gekas hit the bar for Greece.

Vocabulary

impressive - very good

15 June 2014

Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan

Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba heads the ball during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

Ivory Coast beat Japan two-nil.

Japan took the lead with an outstanding goal from Honda.

In the second half, Ivory Coast took command and scored two goals. Bony and Gervinho scored.

Drogba came off the bench to start the comeback.

Vocabulary

outstanding - very good.

took command - became the strong team.

came off the bench - was a substitute; a new player.

comeback (n) - a fight to come back from behind..

19 June 2014 Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast

Colombia beat Ivory Coast and are now into the last 16.

James Rodriguez scored with a header and Juan Quintero with a shot to put Colombia 2-0 up.

Gervinho beat three players and scored to give Ivory Coast some hope.

Ivory Coast pushed hard but Colombia survived.

Vocabulary

pushed hard - attacked a lot.

survived - didn't lose.

19 June 2014 Greece 0-0 Japan

The game ended in a stalemate

Greece captain Konstantinos Katsouranis was sent off in the first half but Japan couldn't score.

Theofanis Gekas went close for Greece with a header.

Yoshito Okubo and Atsuto Uchida both missed chances for Japan.

Both teams now have one point from two games.

Vocabulary

a stalemate - neither team could win.

went close - nearly scored.

24 June 2014 Japan 1-4 Colombia

Colombia finished top of the group after beating Japan 4-1.

Japan needed to win but went behind to a Cuadrado penalty.

Japan drew level with a header from Okazaki but two goals from martinez and one from Rodriguez saw Colombia home.

Colombia goalkeeper Mondragon came on in the second half to become the oldest player in a World Cup.

Vocabulary

drew level - came back to equal the score.

saw ____ home - get to the end of the game and win.

24 June 2014 Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

Greece are in the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time after a dramatic win against Ivory Coast.

Greece needed to win and went ahead with a goal from Samaris. 

Ivory Coast equalised through Bony.

But in the last minute Samaras scored with a controversial penalty to win. 

Vocabulary

dramatic - very exciting

controversial - maybe it wasn't a penalty. Ivory Coast are unhappy.

12 June