#WC2018: Colombia eliminate Poland with 3-0 win

Tyler Owen
June 25, 2018

Poland entered the World Cup ranked highest of the four teams in Group H at eighth but ended up being the first team out of contention for the knockouts with a lacklustre performance in their first two matches. Poland forward Dawid Kownacki will be favourite after impressing against Senegal as a second-half substitute.

Poland faces Japan, and Colombia plays against Senegal, on Thursday.

Poland struggled to cope with Colombia's midfield threats, with Juan Quintero starring alongside Cuadrado and Rodriguez.

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.

Harry Kane and England scored early and often, Japan cancelled out Sadio Mane and Senegal and James Rodriguez added to his impressive World Cup resume.

The South Americans, though, doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Radamel Falcao showed great strength to win the ball on the edge of the box before firing into the corner of the net, 2-0.

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The 26-year old delivered two absolutely gorgeous assists with his trusty left foot in the rout - one for Yerry Mina to open the scoring in the first half and a second stunning through ball for Juan Cuadrado to bag the third and send the 30,000 Colombia fans into dreamland.

"Our players played their best until the end of the game, but we lost to a very strong team and we must accept that".

When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland's defence apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.

And after having to make do with a spot on the bench against Japan because of an injury, James Rodriguez is likely to be welcomed back into the starting XI by Pekerman in a significant boost to Colombia's chances.

Their offensive play on Sunday appeared limited to launching long balls towards Lewandowski, who often had to fall back in the hope of receiving more service.

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