Falcao scores, Colombia beats Poland 3-0 at World Cup
25 June, 2018, 07:16 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
Midfielder James Rodriguez, victor of the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, returned to the starting lineup after injury and played a part in two of the goals as Colombia got back on track after their opening loss to Japan.
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.
Colombia faces Senegal on June 28 in the final round of matches in Group H, while Poland plays Japan.
Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 in the other group match and lead with four points each.
Colombia led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Yerry Mina's towering header following a well-worked short corner.
The win means Colombia is still alive and Poland is eliminated.
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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Falcao, Colombia's all-time leading scorer with 30 goals, made sure he would stay healthy for this year's World Cup by sitting out several matches with his Monaco club this season.
James Rodriguez played in Falcao, who sprinted through on goal and then tried to set up Cuadrado with a clever backheel, but got his execution all wrong.
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. Cuadrado collected the pass and rushed toward the box, timing his shot perfectly to beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Colombia'sRadamel Falcao and James Rodriguez celebrate after the match.
Colombia's win resurrects their World Cup campaign after defeat in their opener against Japan threatened an early exit.
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Desperate for the equaliser, Poland exposed themselves to counter-attacks whenever they ventured forward.
The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later.
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Japan knocked off Colombia, becoming the first Asian team to beat a squad from South America in the tournament's history. Group H also features Poland and Senegal and is one of the more open of the tournament.
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