Colombia vs Poland: Radamel Falcao scores as Colombia thrash Poland 3-0

Deanna Kelley
June 25, 2018

Fast forward to the present day in Russian Federation and Rodriguez is still thriving in the showpiece, producing a masterclass, Man of the Match performance in his first game of he tournament as Colombia knocked Poland out courtesy of a 3-0 win in Group H.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated a crucial 3-0 World Cup win over Poland to midfielder Carlos Sanchez on Sunday (June 24) after reports the midfielder received death threats for his red card against Japan. It speaks of the country's biggest star, James Rodriguez, and his two goals to defeat Uruguay 2-0 in the Maracana in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.

Colombia's players celebrate at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Colombia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 24, 2018.

Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 in the other group match and lead with four points each. Colombia will next face Senegal on Thursday in Samara with a chance to win the group, while Poland will play Japan in Volgograd.

Cuadrado teased and frustrated the Polish defence in a positive start to the second half, and after Colombia 'keeper David Ospina bravely denied Robert Lewandowski when he latched on to a unsafe long ball, Colombia turned up the heat.

Juan Cuadrado provided the killer blow five minutes later to put the game to bed and crush Poland's hopes of making it to the knockout stages of the competition.

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Juan Quintero played a lovely through ball to Falcao and he did the rest in the 70th minute.

Poland started strongly, asking questions of the Colombian defence in the first ten minutes.

Asked why he was so sure, Nawalka said Poland had carried out detailed analysis of their opponents, but what was more important was what his own team would do on the pitch.

Southgate added: 'He probably needs to add goals to his game to become a more complete midfield player I'd say'. 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.

And speaking prior to England's contest with Panama, Southgate labelled Loftus-Cheek a "very good ball player" despite his strong physical appearance.

Poland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.

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