FIFA WORLD CUP 2018: Colombia keeps World Cup hopes alive by defeating Poland

Radamel Falcao, Colombia’s all-time leading goalscorer, scored his first goal at a World Cup on Sunday against Poland. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

After a disastrous start against Japan last week, Colombia got exactly what it needed against Poland on Sunday: A big win led by their talented offensive trio: Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado.

Rodriguez, who only played 30 minutes in Colombia’s opener against Japan because of a calf strain, created the first goal with a perfectly placed chip that found Yerry Mina, and then followed that up with a stunning assist on Colombia’s third goal, playing a perfect pass to give Cuadrado an easy run straight to the goal.

Falcao produced the crucial second goal in the 70th minute to take the pressure off Colombia, finally getting on the scoresheet at a World Cup.

The result put Colombia back on track to make it out of the group, though they are still in third behind Japan and Senegal after their draw earlier on Sunday.

Poland’s World Cup will end after the group stage, as two losses means it has no hope of advancing. It’s a disappointing end for a squad led by one of the world’s most potent strikers in Robert Lewandowski, but he was unable to sufficiently lift Poland in two underwhelming games here in Russia. (NY Times)


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