Football

More injury woes for Colombia

Colombia converted two penalties in a 3-0 win over Jordan in a World Cup warm-up in Buenos Aires yesterday morning (Singapore time) but are sweating on a fitness report for injured midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez.

The seasoned 33-year-old, who played a significant role in Colombia's qualifying campaign, injured his knee during training.

Ramirez could become the fourth Colombian to miss the tournament though injury after the withdrawals of striker Radamel Falcao, midfielder Edwin Valencia and defender Luis Amaranto Perea.

"We're hours from having to make a decision. We're going to see what the diagnosis is, what chances we have but we hope he doesn't (miss the tournament)," coach Jose Pekerman said.

"I don't want to jump the gun, we've got to wait a bit to see what's happening," he told Argentine state television.

Colombia, going to the Finals for the first time in 16 years, face Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C.

Greece end goal drought

Greece, backed by a partisan crowd at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, scored once in each half to beat Bolivia 2-1 yesterday morning (Singapore time) in their final World Cup warm-up match.

Panagiotis Kone and Kostas Katsouranis scored for Greece - who open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Colombia - but a goalkeeping gaffe allowed Bolivia to pull one back late in the game.

The win will no doubt boost the 2004 European champions' confidence as they ended a goal drought that had stretched through three matches.

That included goalless draws against Portugal and Nigeria in World Cup warm-ups in the past week.

- Wire services.


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