Colombia boost World Cup last-16 hopes by eliminating Poland

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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.

"We knew Colombia is a very hard and risky opponent and in their squad they have very good players from well-known clubs".

On the half-hour mark, Colombia suffered a setback when Abel Aguilar had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Mateus Uribe.

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.

Colombia's Radamel Falcao (L) and Poland's Michal Pazdan battle for the ball during the group H match between Poland and Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia on Jun 24, 2018.

In contrast, this was another disappointing display by Poland, who lost to Senegal in their group opener.

Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0 in their second group encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2018, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan to take all three points. The lively Quintero threaded a defence-splitting pass to Falcao, who rolled back the years with a delightful low finish with the outside of his right boot.

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Colombia slowed the pace in the second half, showing good counterattacking qualities.

After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.

"The only thing I can say is that we hope to have a complete game on Sunday, Colombia need to win to stay alive", he told reporters.

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.

"They were seen as one of the favourite teams coming into the World Cup, so I'm expecting a very hard match, a very intense match".

- Despite failing to score against Senegal in Poland's opening match, Lewandowski has netted 21 goals in his last 16 appearances for his national team.

The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later. "The Colombian team was a much better team", Poland coach Adam Nawalka said.

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