Clinical Colombia send sorry Poland packing with 3-0 victory

Sheila Mcguire
June 25, 2018

Poland's hopes for play in the knockout round of the football World Cup in Russian Federation are over after being thrashed 0-3 by Colombia in the group stage on Sunday.

Poland have been eliminated from the World Cup, beaten 3-0 by Colombia in Kazan.

And days after a calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best in an ultra-offensive line-up that gave Radamel Falcao his long-awaited maiden World Cup goal and Juan Cuadrado Colombia's third of the evening.

It was Yerry Mina who opened the scoring with a superb header in the 40th minute on a handsome 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.

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The loss signalled the end of Poland's hopes of qualification for the last 16 after two losses from their opening two matches, while the Colombians enter the final round of group matches, against Senegal, with their fate in their own hands.

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After a quiet spell in the clash, Yerry Mina finally broke the deadlock for Colombia five minutes before the break with a clinical header inside the box following a teasing cross from James Rodriguez, 0-1.

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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"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". The Bayern Munich player's six goals in the 13 qualifying games he started - a hard feat in CONMEBOL qualifying, especially with four of them coming away from home - highlight how vital he is. "I was alone, we fought, I fought, I did everything I could, but fighting is not enough to win World Cup matches, you also have to have quality, and we had too little of that".

The set-piece was sent short to Quintero who found James Rodriguez down the right side of the box, and he produced a skilfully chipped ball towards the back post.

Colombia have won only two of their nine previous World Cup games against Poland.

Poland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.

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