Poland confident ahead of crunch Colombia World Cup match
25 June, 2018, 07:20 | Author: Eloise Houston
Nonetheless, Colombia continued to push forward and took the lead five minutes before the break when Yerry Mina met a cross from Rodriguez to send home a strong header to make it 1-0.
It was Yerry Mina who opened the scoring with a superb header in the 40th minute on a lovely cross from James to set the ball rolling for the South Americans, who scored three in the last 45 minutes to seal Poland's fate.
Beating Senegal in the nation's final group game would guarantee Colombia safe passage into the second round, while Poland's fate has already been sealed after just two disappointing group games.
Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 earlier Sunday and lead the group with four points each.
Poland have never qualified for the second phase after losing their opening game, and they could face an even bigger challenge should Rodriguez return to Colombia's starting XI. Robert Lewandowski was the architect behind their unparalleled success in Group E after the Bayern Munich striker notched up 16 goals during qualifying that made him Europe's top-scorer in qualifying ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.
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That proved to be final piece of goal-mouth action in the second stanza as the Colombians register their first win, while Poland have been eliminated. "I want, and we want, to share it with him", he said.
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. "I think the fact that he scored was very important, not just for today but for the matches to come".
Influential defender Glik missed Poland's opening match against Senegal due to a shoulder injury.
Poland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.
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