2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results Of Every Group C Match

2014 World Cup: Predicting The Results Of Every Group C Match

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Group C may be the most balanced group of the 2014 World Cup. There's no clear cut favorite in the group, and it's not hard to envision any of the four teams advancing into the knockout stage of the tournament. Here's a prediction of each of the Group C matches.

Colombia 1, Greece 0

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Colombia 1, Greece 0

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Colombia is the closest thing to a favorite in this group, and they'll get off to a good start with a 1-0 victory. Greece won't be able to generate much offensively, while Colombia will make a breakthrough in the second half and score the game's only goal.

Ivory Coast 2, Japan 2

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Ivory Coast 2, Japan 2

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This match will be an interesting clash of styles, with both teams finding success moving forward. Japan will use its technical skill to break down the defense, while the power of Didier Drogba up top will be too much for the Japanese defenders to control. The elephants will push for the winning goal and come close, but Japan will hold on and both sides will leave with a point.

Ivory Coast 2, Colombia 1

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Ivory Coast 2, Colombia 1

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Led by the efforts of Yaya Toure, the Ivory Coast midfield will seize control of this game and carry the team to victory, leading many to believe that the elephants will finally live up to their potential at a major tournament after collecting four points in the first two matches.

Japan 2, Greece 0

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Japan 2, Greece 0

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Japan's creativity gets the better of Greece, as Keisuke Honda scores both goals for Japan in what becomes a comfortable win. Once again, Greece fails to generate much of an attack moving forward and isn't able to put the ball in the net.

Colombia 0, Japan 0

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Colombia 0, Japan 0

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This game gets bogged down in the midfield, as Japan stays disciplined defensively and doesn't let Colombia get numbers moving forward while Colombia gets physical with the Japanese attacking players, which keeps them from getting in a rhythm.

Ivory Coast 1, Greece 1

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Ivory Coast 1, Greece 1

Ivory Coast
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The Ivory Coast scores early, but Greece tightens up defensively after that, frustrating the elephants, who concede a goal on the counter attack after committing too many players forward in search of a second goal. In the end, neither team is satisfied with the result, but it's enough to move the Ivory Coast forward.

Final Standings

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Final Standings

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As expected, this group is tight and competitive, with Japan and the Ivory Coast advancing with five points each, just edging out Colombia with four points, while Greece has a disappointing showing with just one point. Japan wins the group on goal differential while the Ivory Coast is relieved to be advancing out of the group stage, especially after a disappointing result in their final game.

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