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

James Rodriguez

Unfortunately for Poland the response was swift, with Colombia settling on the ball and going on to dominate the rest of the match.

Because, with Radamel Falcao working hard at the head of their side and the majestic James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero firing in tandem, this Colombia team could yet go a long way.

Colombia kept their World Cup dream alive - and the bad news for England is that the South Americans look like a team to be reckoned with.

It said: "Hola mi Hermano James Rodriguez, I remember your great goals during the last World Cup".

Rodriguez's through ball after Poland lost possession in midfield led to the final goal.

Senegal and Japan lead group H on four points apiece - while Poland can book their tickets home after losing their first two group games for the third successive World Cup they have qualified for. Juan Fernando Quintero's inch-perfect pass played in the striker, who steered a low shot past Wojciech Szczesny with the outside of his right foot.

Colombia gradually settled in, though, with Quintero providing attacking width and Cuadrado proving unsafe with his subtle moves on the edge of the box.




However, Poland have had serious issues while going forward ever since they landed in Russian Federation and Lewandowski, who averaged a goal every 56 minutes in qualifying, has not opened his account for the tournament after more than 180 minutes of playing time.

Robert Lewandowski's Poland lost their second match in a row and are in danger of being eliminated in the group stage.

Given his first start after fully recovering from a calf injury, Rodriguez lived up to expectations.

Bayern Munich star James then found Juan Cuadrado late on, wrapping up a comfortable win for Colombia and leaving Nawalka with hard questions to answer. He pressed relentlessly, tracked back and delivered an assist for Mina.

But when Rodriguez's stunning switch of play caught Poland out, the winger showed great pace and flawless placement into the corner.

With James dominating, they had the holders hanging on by their fingernails in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup in Brazil, and there is no reason for them not to emulate that return on this evidence. "We tried to attack but there was no fluid play".

Poland became the first European side and the first team who were seeded in their group to crash out of the competition.

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