Colombia prepares for must-win battle against Poland

Jo Caldwell
June 25, 2018

Comprised of Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal, what Group H boasted in terms of diversity - it's one of just two foursomes in Russian Federation featuring teams from four distinct geographic regions - was overshadowed by what appeared to be a colossal lack of intrigue, at least to the neutral observer.

Six minutes later, it was a done deal. "I asked him if he wanted to meet me but he said no".

The younger, friendlier squad - a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding - began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's first goal.

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The result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16.

Lewandowski finally got a chance to score his first World Cup goal in the 58th minute but his first touch on the long ball was not his best and goalkeeper David Ospina smothered his shot. "We have to show the world that we are doing something nice", said Senegal fan Gora Ndoye after the match.

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Moussa Wague thought he had won the match for his country with his maiden worldwide goal, blasting home from close range in the 71st minute after being sent through on goal by Mbaye Niang's failed back-heel effort.

Senegal, who reached the quarter-finals in the country's previous World Cup appearance in 2002, needed just over 10 minutes to go in front.

"No.2, we want to be able to have a number of players in top shape. Today we're forced to win and we have to do everything we can to win".

With Colombia needing to kickstart their campaign with a victory, Pekerman accepts he is likely to make changes to his team and playing James and Quintero together is something he has considered.

Japan looked on the verge of defeat in their second Group H match until veteran Keisuke Honda fired home the equaliser 12 minutes from time, sending supporters into a frenzy in the stadium and at sports bars across Tokyo.

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Sadio Mané is the standout for Senegal, and their physical defence may thwart the Japanese strike-force.

Both teams have to win to stay alive in the tournament after losing their opening games.

"We are happy to be here, this is a special day for us, it's a kind of historical day for us as a family", said Fabio. While Poland had ball possession, they were never able to do anything because of the shape and organisation of the Senegalese.

For the second straight match, Japan had high-profile support in the stands.

Senegal shocked Poland by securing all three points thanks to an own-goal and M'Baye Niang's controversial goal after entering the pitch just seconds earlier.

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