Colombia dedicate crucial win to embattled Sanchez

25 Juin, 2018, 20:55 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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With James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero providing the ammunition from midfield and all time leading scorer Radamel Falcao opening his World Cup account up front, the Colombians dismantled a physical but limited Poland side.

Poland started strongly, asking questions of the Colombian defence in the first ten minutes.

It was a goal worth watching over and over and over again, and took James' tally to six goals and four assists in just seven World Cup appearances.

Both teams lost their Group H openers and knew another loss would end their hopes of advancing.

However, Poland have had serious issues while going forward ever since they landed in Russian Federation and Lewandowski, who averaged a goal every 56 minutes in qualifying, has not opened his account for the tournament after more than 180 minutes of playing time.

"We're going to play creative football and I'm certain we will do enough to win this game", he said.

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Colombia, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in Brazil four years ago before bowing out to the hosts, are in a similar situation after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan - they were forced to play with 10 men for nearly the entire game.

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Pekerman added: "We received certain information, but I can't confirm anything". Cuadrado collected the pass and rushed toward the box, timing his shot perfectly to beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. It was an effort that summed up Poland's performance; they simply failed to get out of the starting blocks.

Poland, which has two losses, was eliminated.

The isolated Lewandowski's first real chance of the game arrived in the 58th minute when he controlled a long pass brilliantly only to shoot straight into David Ospina's midriff as Poland attempted their first shot on target of the game.

Colombia did well to shut down the striker with two players always close on his heels, and Poland did not have the quality or the skill to switch their tactics.

The pace of left-back Johan Mojica to cover the flank allows Rodriguez to roam, while the speed of center-backs Yerry Mina and Davinson Sanchez means playing a high line is an option for Pekerman. He formed an excellent partnership with Quintero to create some handsome play for Colombia.

After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride. Jose Pekerman's men were better in possession, livelier and more willing to push forward and seemed to be a team transformed.

The way they opened up the Polish defence for the killer second goal was fantastic, Quintero accepting a low ball from the right side with the softest of touches before delivering a ideal pass for Falcao to slip beyond Wojciech Szczesny with the outside of his boot.

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