#WC2018: Colombia eliminate Poland with 3-0 win


Fast forward to the present day in Russian Federation and Rodriguez is still thriving in the showpiece, producing a masterclass, Man of the Match performance in his first game of he tournament as Colombia knocked Poland out courtesy of a 3-0 win in Group H.

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.

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 can not afford to dwell on regrets from its loss to Japan in their World Cup opener when facing Poland in a crucial second Group H match, midfielder Abel Aguilar says.

Mina out-jumped the Poland defense to head in the opening goal from James Rodriguez's cross, rewarding a spell of domination by the Colombians. Poland had huge support inside the Spartak Stadium and are the seeded team in Group H - but they were disappointing in all areas during their opening defeat by Senegal.

"I've seen the team energised since the Senegal game and when they're angry, they're more motivated to do even better", he said.

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Poland after losing their two successive encounters have been dumped out of the World Cup from the group stages.

Quintero proved the architect with a sublime through-ball, allowing Falcao to break free and prod a clever finish into the bottom corner.

It's a reminder both of Colombia's impressive run in Brazil, with Los Cafeteros nearly knocking out the hosts in the quarterfinal, and Rodriguez's importance to the Colombian national team. Juan Fernando Quintero's inch-perfect pass played in the striker, who steered a low shot past Wojciech Szczesny with the outside of his right foot.

And while Poland struggled to create in attack, aside from some late chances, Colombia was dominant, cutting through a poor back line time and time again to set a statement.

Rodriguez has now been directly involved in nine goals in seven World Cup appearances for Colombia, scoring six and assisting on three.

Colombia slowed the pace in the second half, showing good counterattacking qualities.