James Rodriguez Shines As Colombia Smash Poland

James Rodriguez

The win means Colombia is still alive and Poland is eliminated.

With the second round of Group H games in the books, the Kwese Sports panel examine the three-horse race between Colombia, Senegal and Japan. "So we fought, we tried to do our best, but at the moment we could not do anything more", the prolific Bayern Munich striker told Polish TV.

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.

Colombia's Radamel Falcao (L) and Poland's Michal Pazdan battle for the ball during the group H match between Poland and Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia on Jun 24, 2018. The lively Quintero threaded a defence-splitting pass to Falcao, who rolled back the years with a delightful low finish with the outside of his right boot.

The South Americans, though, doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Radamel Falcao showed great strength to win the ball on the edge of the box before firing into the corner of the net, 2-0.

Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia's ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.

Poland c oach Adam Nawalka pledged to push Colombia towards the World Cup exit door when the sides meet in an "intense" clash today, even though influential defender Kamil Glik remains a doubt. Quintero came close in the 56th minute on the break, but his goal-bound shot took a deflection.

Given his first start after fully recovering from a calf injury, Rodriguez lived up to expectations. Colombia could go through with a draw if Japan loses to Poland on Thursday. Centre-back Mina rose to the challenge as he climbed highest to power a header beyond a helpless Wojciech Szczesny in the Poland goal.

Rodriguez bagged two assists on Sunday night but his pass to find Cuadrado for the third goal was truly a piece of artistry. He formed an excellent partnership with Quintero to create some attractive play for Colombia.

Poland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.

"We already turned the page on Japan, we cannot stay in regret - unfortunately it was lost, but we know that we have two games ahead that can give us the option of advancing in the World Cup".

"Colombia are an excellent team with an excellent coach".

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