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Colourful Colombia find early rhythm to win dance-off with Greece

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Raise your hands in the air like you just don't care: Colombia get the party started on their way to a 3-0 win over Greece in Group C.

Three points for the win, 5.8 for the presentation. You can't imagine West Ham United Sam Allardyce was behind the Ibiza pool party-style celebrations Pablo Armero laid on after helping Colombia on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win over Greece in Belo Horizonte.

But Big Sam would certainly relish the moment if Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan decided to give it Jazz Hands all round like Armero and his Colombian pals next season. They should try it if Avicii can resample 'I'm forever blowing bubbles.'

The impromptu Colombian celebrations kicked off after only five minutes. It was a fairly enlivening moment in Group C's opening match of these finals even if the stature of Armero's goal did not go along with the rhythm of the dance-off.

Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado showed some lovely skill outside of the Greek box before picking out Armero. His shot was poor, but Kostas Manolas failed to get enough of a boot on the clearance as goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was forced to watch as the ball crept agonisingly over the line.

Belo Horizonte was bouncing. It could easily have been hosting Brazil here. It certainly looked and felt that way with large swathes of yellow bedecking the stadium.

The injured Radamel Falcao could be spotted among the crowd watching the action in a cooling pair of shades. Unless he was playing up front in the heat of the action, it was a home away from home for Falcao with over 90 per cent of the stadium willing Jose Pekerman's team onto three points.

It wasn't quite hell for Hellas, but they lacked the ability to lance Colombia despite having every opportunity to do so.

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Colombian fans cheer during a Group C football match between Colombia and Greece at the Mineirao Arena in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014.

Their bluntness could be their undoing with forthcoming opponents Japan and Ivory Coast providing winnable but problematic matches for Fernando Santos's team. They have now lost six out of seven World Cup matches at the finals which does not bode well for future times.

They could have restored parity a minute after falling behind when Panagiotis Kone drove the ball wide after being picked out by Georgios Samaras.

David Ospina then leapt to his left to swipe away a powerful Kone hit from distance just before half-time.

In a departure from their solidity in clasping Euro 2004 a decade ago, Greece were undone for a second time from a corner when James Rodriguez's poor set-piece was flicked on by Abel Aguilar for Teofilo Gutierrez to convert from close range on 58 minutes.

Greece probably did not need any reminder that this was not going to be their day, but it came anyway when Theofanis Gekas saw his header from three yards out coming crashing back off the bar from the Vasilis Torosidis cross.

There was still time for Georgios Karagounis to win his 136th cap for Greece as a substitute in the closing 13 minutes, but the day was already lost.

Rodriguez added another when he swept a third goal into the net from Juan Cuadrado's pass in time added on, but the dancing was done for the day.

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