3 reasons why Poland lost 3-0 to Colombia

Tanya Cunningham
June 25, 2018

The World Cup group stage continues when Poland takes on Colombia in a Group H match Sunday, June 24.

The 22-year-old enjoyed his first taste of World Cup action on Monday as he impressed after coming on as an 80th minute substitute in the 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

After emerging triumphant from their first games last Tuesday, Senegal, which beat Poland 2-1, and Japan, which beat Colombia 2-1, are ranked equal first with four points apiece ahead of their last group-round matches.

The victory puts Colombia in third place in the group on three points behind the Japanese and Senegal, who shared a 2-2 draw earlier on Sunday to move to four points apiece.

Adam Nawalka's charges drifted worryingly heading towards the interval and Colombia made them pay on the 40-minute mark having caught the Eagles cold at a corner, much to the chagrin of their animated coach on the touchline.

Poland boarded the plane to Russian Federation on the back of a strong qualifying campaign that saw them finish at the summit of their qualifying group.

Football fans have brutally reminded Robert Lewandowski of a tweet he sent to his Bayern Munich team-mate James Rodriguez in December of previous year about the upcoming World Cup. "We wanted to share this victory with him".

Nawalka praised Jose Pekerman's team, but said their "individual and collective analysis" of the South Americans meant Poland, despite appearing in their first World Cup in 12 years, were destined to win.

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It said: "Hola mi Hermano James Rodriguez, I remember your great goals during the last World Cup".

"I'm very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow's another day and we have to come to terms with things", he said.

Poland began to fade as the first half wore on and some standout play from Juan Fernando Quintero and Cuadrado set Santiago Arias away into space on the right, but the full-back saw his cross turned away by Michal Pazdan at the near post.

Poland will face Japan in their final match, with the Asian side still chasing a spot in the next round.

The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later.

Poland started the second half a much better side and nearly levelled matters on the hour mark when Robert Lewandowski showed great skill inside the box to bring a lofted cross under control before seeing his shot from 14 yards well-stopped by the Colombian keeper.

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