The 59-year-old said his side were forced to pay for
their mistakes and insisted they can bounce back from
their opening World Cup defeat to the South
Americans in Group C
Greece coach Fernando Santos refused to brand his side's
3-0 defeat to Colombia on Saturday a "tragedy".
Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and James Rodriguez were
on target to ensure Greece's World Cup campaign got off to
a miserable start in Belo Horizonte.
The Euro 2004 champions were not completely bereft of
chances, with Theofanis Gekas hitting the crossbar from six
yards out when presented with the chance to pull a goal
back when the South Americans were 2-0 up.
The defeat dents Greece's hopes of making it out of a World
Cup group for the first time, but Santos insists all is not lost.
"It's not a tragedy," he told reporters. "It is a setback that
complicates the situation.
"I will talk with my players, we will look at our mistakes to
correct the situation and in the next two matches we will
present ourselves better.
"Congratulations to Colombia, they were the better team and
fairly won 3-0. We had opportunities, we had effort but
we paid for our mistakes."
Greece will hope to turn their World Cup fortunes around
when they face Japan on Wednesday before clashing with
Cote d'Ivoire on June 24. The European nation's upcoming
opponents face each other on Sunday.