Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

Cristina Cross
June 25, 2018

While Poland next game against Japan will be to save their pride, only a win would propel Colombia into the knockout stages.

Poland's offensive tactics were limited to launching long balls towards Lewandowski and although Colombia were trying to play the ball on the floor, they could not get their passes to stick.

Radamel Falcao got his first World Cup goal in the 70th minute to double the lead for Colombia after pouncing on a through ball from Quintero, who was one of Colombia's best player throughout the game.

After two defensive lapses against Senegal led to a 2-1 defeat in their opener, the Poles looked second-best by miles all night against Colombia and talismanic striker Lewandowski summed it up with his nonchalant comments after the defeat to Los Cafeteros at the Kazan Arena.

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Midfielder James Rodriguez, victor of the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, returned to the starting lineup after injury and played a part in two of the goals as Colombia got back on track after their opening loss to Japan.

The South Americans' bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day. The Bayern Munich player's six goals in the 13 qualifying games he started - a hard feat in CONMEBOL qualifying, especially with four of them coming away from home - highlight how vital he is. "I want, and we want, to share it with him", he said.

"But we're not going to go insane, mentally we're in a good place but we need to continue to improve because we are ambitious and we want to continue in this World Cup as we hoped".

On loan from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez was back in Colombia's starting XI after recovering from his calf injury.

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James Rodriguez played in Falcao, who sprinted through on goal and then tried to set up Cuadrado with a clever backheel, but got his execution all wrong.

Colombia's Yerry Mina scored the goal for Colombia in the do-or-die match against Poland.

However, Colombia hit the front five minutes before half-time as James combined well with Cuadrado and Quintero to deliver an inch-perfect cross for Mina to steer a towering header past Wojciech Szczesny. "The Colombian team was a much better team", Poland coach Adam Nawalka said.

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