Group C

  • World Cup 2014: Rodriguez scores brace to knock out Suarez-less Uruguay June 29, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on...
  • World Cup 2014: Asian football sinks to bottom in Brazil June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Three of the four Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-member teams have already packed their luggage for their return home with only South Korea clinging to a slim chance of advancing to the next round at the ongoing World Cup. The latest setback for the Asian teams came on Wednesday...
  • World Cup 2014: Coach Zaccheroni steps down after Japan's exit June 26, 2014

    Alberto Zaccheroni stepped down as Japan coach on Wednesday after taking full responsibility for the Asian champions' group stage exit at the World Cup. Japan's dismal World Cup campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat by Colombia on Tuesday as they finished bottom of Group C with only one point after an...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece upset Ivory Coast 2-1, meet Costa Rica in Round of 16 June 25, 2014

    Fortaleza: Georgios Samaras scored an injury-time penalty to put Greece into the second round of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. Samaras was adjudged to have been tripped in the area by substitute Giovanni Sio, and calmly slotted in the spot kick for a win...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia rout Japan 4-1 to set up Uruguay date in Round of 16 June 25, 2014

    Cuiaba: James Rodriguez scored a brilliant goal and set up two more for Jackson Martinez as Colombia routed Japan 4-1 on Tuesday to confirm top spot in Group C and eliminate the Asian champions from the World Cup. Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with their third straight win,...
  • As it happened: Japan vs Colombia and Greece vs Ivory Coast, World Cup 2014 June 25, 2014

    Catch all the Live updates from both the Group C matches as Japan look for missing spark against Colombia whereas Greece take on a resurgent Ivory Coast. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia but...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 13 June 24, 2014

    It's Day Two of the in-or-out matches of the World Cup, with five teams competing for two places in the knockout stages. Group D winds up in the two early fixtures, with Group C following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. The highlight of the early matches is Italy's game...
  • World Cup 2014: Asian World Cup struggles showcase problems at home June 23, 2014

    Brasilia: Eight matches gone and still Asia waits for a first win at the World Cup, with the struggles of the continent's four teams in Brazil demonstrating the coaching and administrative failings going on throughout the region. Australia predictably bowed out after two defeats against tough opposition, while Japan, Iran and...
  • World Cup 2014: Goalless Greece take on resurgent Ivory Coast June 24, 2014

    Fortaleza: After a troubled start, the smiles are returning to West Africa at the World Cup. Nigeria have earned their first victory after a stalemate with Iran, and Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw after losing to the United States. Now Ivory Coast are looking for a place in the...
  • World Cup 2014: Japan look for missing spark against Colombia June 24, 2014

    Cuiaba: Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday but is relying on events elsewhere if his side are to reach the World Cup last 16. Japan came to Brazil with their hopes high after finishing ahead of Australia in their...
  • World Cup, Japan vs Greece: as it happened June 20, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group C match between Japan and Greece at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Rock-solid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in...
  • The Beautiful Game: Youngsters shine in Colombia's win over Ivory Coast June 20, 2014

    Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia beat Ivory Coast, secure last-16 spot June 20, 2014

    Brasilia: Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the last-16. James Rodriguez's powerful header from a corner in the 64th minute was quickly followed by a low finish by substitute Juan Quintero,...
  • As it happened: Colombia vs Ivory Coast June 20, 2014

    Catch live updates from the Group C clash as Didier Drogba begins on the bench for Ivory Coast once again. (Scroll down for live blog/updates) As two of world football's underachieving nations, Ivory Coast and Colombia will be desperate not to let slip a rare chance to qualify for the knockout...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on day eight June 24, 2014

    Natal: The must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realize a loss Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches. Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker...
  • World Cup 2014: Drogba inspires Ivory Coast to 2-1 win over Japan June 15, 2014

    Brazil: Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday. Drogba, who had been carrying an injury, came on in the 62nd minute when his team was losing 1-0. The talismanic striker's arrival immediately lifted...
  • As it happened: Ivory Coast vs Japan, World Cup 2014 June 15, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the second Group C match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. (Scroll down for the Live blog) It's a contest of brawn and bravado against pace and finesse. The muscular Ivory Coast team could not be more different at first...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia thrash Greece 3-0 in Group C opener June 15, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Colombia started their first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 3-0 to open Group C on Saturday in front of a big, loud pro-Colombian crowd. Left back Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected shot rolled past Greece goalkeeper Orestis...
  • World Cup 2014, Colombia vs Greece: as it happened June 14, 2014

    Catch the action as it happens from the Estadio Mineirao as Greece attempt to clip Colombia's attacking wings. (Scroll down to read and interact through our live blog) Containing Colombia's potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensive-minded Greece's attempt to upset the World Cup...
  • World Cup 2014: Kagawa wants world to take notice of Japan in Brazil June 14, 2014

    Asian champions Japan need to show the world how good they are and the best place to display their abilities is in Brazil, according to midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The Blue Samurai won a record fourth Asian Cup in Qatar three years ago and were the first side to qualify for this...
  • World Cup 2014: Yaya Toure fit for Ivory Coast opener against Japan June 14, 2014

    Ivory Coast received a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup opener against Japan as marauding midfield presence Yaya Toure was passed fit to play by coach Sabri Lamouchi ahead of Saturday's Group C clash. Toure, the three-times African player of the year, had picked up a hamstring injury in April...
  • World Cup 2014: Colombia over Falcao, ready to 'hurt' Greeks June 14, 2014

    Belo Horizonte Colombia have recovered from losing top striker Radamel Falcao to injury with others in their attack-minded team hoping to "hurt" Greece in Saturday's Group C opener, coach Jose Pekerman said. Though Falcao's absence is a huge blow for the South Americans in their first World Cup since 1998, they...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece out to clip Colombia's attacking wings June 14, 2014

    Containing Colombia's potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensive-minded Greece's attempt to upset the World Cup Group C favourites on Saturday. The Greeks, who also play Japan and Ivory Coast in the group, have long said their first game will be the most crucial...
  • World Cup 2014: Muscle versus pace as Ivory Coast meet Japan June 14, 2014

    It's a contest of brawn and bravado against pace and finesse. The muscular Ivory Coast team could not be more different at first glance from the compact Blue Samurai of Japan. One thing the two teams meeting in Saturday's opening Group C match have in common: crowd-pleasing flair that translates into goals. Neither...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Didier Drogba injury causes scare for Ivory Coast June 12, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Drogba has given Ivory Coast an injury scare ahead of their World Cup Group C opener against Japan Saturday after leaving training early with a thigh injury. The 36-year-old limped off the pitch at the team's training base in Aguas de Lindoia, near Sao Paulo,on Wednesday after clashing with...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Japan captain Makoto Hasebe ready after injury June 12, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has declared himself "ready to go" for his team's World Cup Group C opener against Ivory Coast in Recife at the weekend, shrugging off worries over a knee injury. "There is no problem (with the knee) and I have been taking part in full training," the...
  • Carbonero replaces injured Ramirez for Colombia June 9, 2014

    Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has named midfielder Carlos Carbonero to the World Cup team to replace the injured Aldo Leao Ramirez. The loss of Ramirez, who was injured in Friday's 3-0 friendly win over Jordan, comes after Monaco striker Radamel Falcao was left off Colombia's squad due to his slow recovery...
  • Paraplegic in 'Iron Man' bodysuit to open World Cup June 9, 2014

    The first kick at the World Cup opening ceremony on 12th June will be made by a paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like robotic bodysuit controlled by signals from the brain. Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis led a team of 156 scientists from around the world to create the futuristic exoskeleton, which was...
  • Keisuke Honda carries burden of Japan's World Cup challenge June 5, 2014

    If Japan are going to make a first World Cup quarter-final they will require Keisuke Honda to be firing on all cylinders. The bleach-blond playmaker is the central figure in coach Alberto Zaccheroni's attacking plans with the Asian champions, who are competing at their fifth successive World Cup since their debut...