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BRAZIL 2014: GREECE SQUEEZES PAST COTE D’IVOIRE, COLOMBIA HAMMER JAPAN

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Greece qualified for the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time with a dramatic win against Cote d’Ivoire.

Celtic’s Georgios Samaras converted a controversial injury-time penalty to seal the win after he was judged to have been fouled by Giovanni Sio.

Greece had taken a first-half lead when substitute Andreas Samaris scored after Cheick Tiote’s defensive mistake.

Cote d’Ivoire had looked like advancing as Wilfried Bony equalised from Gervinho’s pass, before the late twist.

And in the other game, Colombia finished top of Group C to set up a last-16 tie against Uruguay after beating Japan, who were eliminated.

Japan needed a win to stand a chance of progressing but went behind when Juan Cuadrado scored a penalty following Yasuyuki Konno’s foul on Adrian Ramos.

Shinji Okazaki’s steered header drew Japan level only for Jackson Martinez’s low strike to restore Colombia’s lead.

Martinez cut inside and slotted in a left-foot shot before James Rodriguez’s exquisite chip wrapped up the win, reports the BBC.

RESULTS

Costa Rica 0 – 0 England

Italy 0 – 1 Uruguay

Greece 2 – 1 Cote d’Ivoire

Japan 1 – 4 Colombia

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