Poland’s 2018 World Cup in Russia has ended in tears and sorrow, as a rampant, rejuvenated Colombia pounded the East Europeans 3-0 Sunday night.
Colombia, backed by over 30,000 fans that included football legends Carlos Valderama and Rene Higuita, served a master class in slick passing, eye-catching ball flicks and blistering counter attack that Poland led by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski had no clue about.
James Rodriguez, Cuadrado, and play maker Fernando Quintero served a replay of Pele’s 1970 Brazil – a performance neutrals can only drool about.
Defender Yerry Mina gave Colombia the lead as he met Roriguez’s cross with a firm header in the 40th minute to give the South Americans the lead.
Poland launched several attacks, but they simply lacked the quality to unlock Colombia’s defence.
And they were cut out by a swift Colombian counter that set free Radamao Falcao in the 70th minute to slot past keeper Szczesny and set the score at 2-0.
It was over as a contest as Colombian winger Cuadrado finished off a swift counter attack with a sublime curler 5 minutes later to make it 3-0 and send the East Europeans packing.
Lewandowski made one last attempt at goal by firing a bullet that was tipped over by Ospina in the 8th minute.
How Group H stands
Poland have been eliminated, but they can spoil the party by beating Japan in their last game.
That would mean a draw between Colombia and Senegal would see both teams through on points accumulated and goals scored.
However, a win for Japan would put both Senegal and Colombia in danger.
It means the clash between Senegal and Colombia will be a cracker – one that promises to be a match for the ages.
Both matches would be played simultaneously.
What do the stats say?
- Poland have lost their last three World Cup matches against CONMEBOL opposition, failing to score in all three matches
- James Rodriguez has contributed to ten goals in seven appearances at the World Cup (6 goals, 4 assists)
- Juan Cuadrado has contributed to six goals in seven World Cup appearances (2 goals, 4 assists)