When the dust settled on Group C of the 2014 World Cup, the teams involved set many individual country talking points. Some are positive and some are negative, but they all are signs of an interesting World Cup. This has been a wide-open competition that is entertaining in so many ways. Looking at Group C alone is enough to leave you shaking your head and also anticipating the next crazy twist in Brazil.
Colombia easily topped the group with a scoring pace not matched in their recent World Cup appearances. In the previous two World Cup competitions, Colombia only scored five goals. They scored seven total goals in group play this year. They also converted their first penalty since 1962. Backup keeper Faryd Mondragon got into the game at 43 years old. He became the oldest player ever in the World Cup.
A late winner put Greece through to the Round of 16. Georgios Samaras‘ goal in the 93rd minute was the latest game-winning goal to put a team through to the knockout stage in the last group stage match. Their third World Cup goal in nine matches was the only time Greece had scored first. This will be the first time that Greece advances to the field of 16.
For the Ivory Coast, it is their third straight time to fail to advance out of the group stage and their third straight time winning only one match. The other two times, the Elephants won the last match. It should also be the last World Cup match for Didier Drogba. In his previous 442 minutes of World Cup play, he only had three shots on target, but scored on two of them. He had zero shots on goal in 78 minutes of play against Greece and went out on a low note.
For Japan, finishing fourth continued a trend. They have been knocked out during the group phase every other year. This also means zero wins every other year, with two wins in the group stage in 2002 and 2010.
There are always interesting tidbits that come out of the World Cup. Group C alone contributed many unique factoids.