#WC2018: Colombia eliminate Poland with 3-0 win

25 June, 2018, 07:18 | Author: Norman Carr
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Colombia's final Group H game comes on Thursday when they meet Senegal, but Quintero says there is plenty of confidence in the squad despite the lure of finishing top of the group being of great importance.

Adam Nawalka's men were hoping to build on that chance but they got caught out with a swift counter in 70th minute.

Falcao, Colombia's all-time leading scorer with 30 goals, made sure he would stay healthy for this year's World Cup by sitting out several matches with his Monaco club this season.

The second half saw the South Americans back at their best, securing the result with two goals in five minutes to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

After a quiet spell in the clash, Yerry Mina finally broke the deadlock for Colombia five minutes before the break with a clinical header inside the box following a teasing cross from James Rodriguez, 0-1.


Poland started the second half a much better side and nearly levelled matters on the hour mark when Robert Lewandowski showed great skill inside the box to bring a lofted cross under control before seeing his shot from 14 yards well-stopped by the Colombian keeper. Quintero came close in the 56th minute on the break, but his goal-bound shot took a deflection. From deep in his own half, Jan Bednarek's long ball found Robert Lewandowski, who showed good control to bring it down and shoot, but David Ospina rushed out and produced a good save with his chest.

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.

On loan from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez was back in Colombia's starting XI after recovering from his calf injury. He pressed relentlessly, tracked back and delivered an assist for Mina.

Southgate added: 'He probably needs to add goals to his game to become a more complete midfield player I'd say'. He formed an excellent partnership with Quintero to create some lovely play for Colombia.

And with Lewandowski and his team-mates hurting, ruthless World Cup fans have unearthed an old tweet the Poland captain sent to Rodriguez a year ago.

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