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Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

The world's biggest sporting event continues as the last of the 2nd group matches wrap up.

Rodriguez's two goals to down Los Charruas are already firmly etched into Colombian footballing folklore, but now Colombia needs Rodriguez to stand tall and produce some magic once again on Sunday in Kazan against Poland.

"I really hope I can do something for the team". But as it turned out, he had to be rushed back to add some presence to the team, especially after their opening defeat to Uruguay, but it was clear he wasn't ready.

"It will be like a final".

"Perhaps we won't make as many mistakes as we did before, because we all know this is a match that will determine who will continue in the World Cup".

Senegal first qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the year 2002. Being forced to watch his countrymen reach the quarterfinals without him was heartbreaking for the Monaco striker, who did everything this season to arrive in Russian Federation in peak physical form.

"All that makes things more hard, it jeopardises us to think about certain things too much".

And the 26-year-old admits he's aiming to replicate his efforts with Liverpool with his country this summer.

Falcao subsequently found himself isolated up front, and had limited opportunities. "It's only by winning matches that we can do better than them". "It was not easy to play in these conditions". "But overall, the most important analysis is that the 11 of us got three points".

Like Falcao, Poland's top striker Lewandowski arrived in Russian Federation with a point to prove following his mediocre display at the 2016 Euros.

Prediction - Poland just peaked too early in this World Cup cycle.

The pressure is now on, not just for Rodriguez, but in the knowledge that Jose Nestor Pekerman's six-and-a-half-year stint - only three other coaches at the World Cup have been in place longer - in charge would have a huge stain should Colombia lose against a Poland side ranked eighth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and also needing a result. Panama defender Adolfo Machado specializes in long, looping throw-ins to set up goals, just as Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson did in the match that former national team player Alan Shearer called "the worst performance I have ever seen from an England team". "Above all, we didn't live up to our potential". "Everyone has players who has the humility and that allows us to win". Pekerman was bombarded with questions about his line-up and hinted that playmaker James Rodriguez could be given a starting role.

See who comes out on top on the Now TV World Cup channels.

Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different World Cups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye.

Glik, formerly Torino's captain, was ruled out of Poland's first match after injuring his shoulder at practice but has now been declared fit.

As for hosts Russian Federation, their performances have surely been inspired by a nation rallying behind the team.


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