2014 World Cup: Greece’s Lack of Discipline Will Lead to Early Exit
On the surface, Columbia really seemed to be taking it to Greece, with dominating run-outs and skillfully executed set pieces, leading to a 3-0 victory in the their first game of the 2014 World Cup. However, it was really Greece that lost the match, with undisciplined play and plenty of missed opportunities on the pitch.
Greece does not have an impossible group to deal with, but if their mistakes continue they’ll go home without a single point to their name. In Group C, all teams are vulnerable. Japan can be dominant, but inconsistent. Columbia showed they can score, but with a lead against Greece, they displayed some inexperience taking care of the ball. The Ivory Coast makes an interesting matchup for any team, but by no means are they unbreakable. So far, Greece has quickly become the easy beat in Group C.
In the second half, Greece booted a series of very poor passes across the pitch that looked a lot like a team who’s never been in World Cup play. For a team known for their mechanical, even strict play, they had no organization on their set pieces, and really struggled the whole game to put together a solid looking offense.
That being said, Greece did have their chances, but considering their lack of smooth offense, not capitalizing on those chances will haunt them in 2014. Going forward, Greece will have to win out, and hope for Columbia to struggle against the Ivory Coast for any chance to move on.