Falcao, Cuadrado and Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Falcao, Cuadrado and Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Falcao, Cuadrado and Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Poland were battling to keep possession of the ball, allowing the South Americans to run at them, perhaps hoping to pounce with a swift counter.

For Poland, who came to their first World Cup in 12 years as No 8 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and lost their opening game 2-1 against Senegal, the early exit will be a bitter pill to swallow.

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

Lewandowski finally got a chance to score his first World Cup goal in the 58th minute but his first touch on the long ball was not his best and goalkeeper David Ospina smothered his shot. Falcao missed the tournament in Brazil with a knee injury and had to wait until arriving in Russian Federation to score his first World Cup goal.

Rodriguez's short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a flawless left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.

Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia's ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.

Football fans have brutally reminded Robert Lewandowski of a tweet he sent to his Bayern Munich team-mate James Rodriguez in December of a year ago about the upcoming World Cup.

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Robert Lewandowski's Poland lost their second match in a row and are in danger of being eliminated in the group stage.

Given his first start after fully recovering from a calf injury, Rodriguez lived up to expectations.

Any hopes Poland has of getting out of its group after an opening-day defeat surely rest on the Bayern Munich striker, but he will need to be much better than he was against Senegal when he had very little impact. He pressed relentlessly, tracked back and delivered an assist for Mina.

The set-piece was sent short to Quintero who found James Rodriguez down the right side of the box, and he produced a skilfully chipped ball towards the back post.

Besides scoring, Mina was also excellent in containing Lewandowski throughout the match. The team was overwhelmed in midfield and looked clueless in attack in another error-ridden display that resulted in an early exit.

The 29-year-old striker has averaged nearly a goal a game for Bayern in the past three seasons, and 57 percent of Poland's goals in World Cup qualifying came from the Warsaw native.

"Colombia are an excellent team with an excellent coach".

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