Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0 in their second group encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2018, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan to take all three points. Barcelona star Yerry Mina scored the opening goal for Colombia with a powerful header before Radamel Falcao bagged his first World Cup goal, which was followed by a brilliant finish from Cuadrado who burst his lungs to race past a couple of Polish defenders before finishing off a stunning effort.
Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado capped off a destructive showing from Jose Pekerman's side, whose victory also means that Poland find themselves eliminated from the tournament with a game still to be played.
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.
Poland can not now catch either Japan or Senegal, who have four points from two games.
Adam Nawalka's charges drifted worryingly heading towards the interval and Colombia made them pay on the 40-minute mark having caught the Eagles cold at a corner, much to the chagrin of their animated coach on the touchline. "But we treat Colombia as a whole team, even if they have such a great player". They offered little in this game, with Robert Lewandowski anonymous.
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"I'm very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow's another day and we have to come to terms with things", he said. "We wanted to share this victory with him".
Rodriguez has now been directly involved in nine goals in seven World Cup appearances for Colombia, scoring six and assisting on three.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny's crossbar. Cuadrado collected the pass and rushed toward the box, timing his shot perfectly to beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Robert Lewandowski, making his World Cup debut in Russian Federation, struggled with a lack of service throughout, the Bayern Munich striker going closest in the final few minutes when a long-range effort was tipped over by David Ospina.
The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later.