Falcao scores maiden World Cup goal as Colombia eliminate Poland

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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.

Midfielder James Rodriguez, victor of the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, returned to the starting lineup after an injury and played a part in two of the goals as Colombia got back on track after their opening loss to Japan.

Yerry Mina scored in the 40th and Juan Cuadrado completed the win in the 75th.

The victory puts the South Americans in third place in Group H on three points behind Japan and Senegal, who shared a 2-2 draw earlier on Sunday to move to four points apiece.

There appeared little panic amongst the Colombian ranks as their fans partied their way to the Kazan Arena on Sunday.

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.

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup
Asked if he was heading for Daei's record after the match, he said: "I don't care about the records". There's a long way to go in this World Cup , but it's already given us so much to talk about.

"Maybe that's all we could do". Let's be frank, it's not like we lost by a whisker. 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.

Rodriguez played a pivotal role as Colombia boosted their chances of reaching the knockout stages with a 3-0 win. Both matches can be streamed on fuboTV (Try for free).

After two defensive lapses against Senegal led to a 2-1 defeat in their opener, the Poles looked second-best by miles all night against Colombia and talismanic striker Lewandowski summed it up with his nonchalant comments after the defeat to Los Cafeteros at the Kazan Arena. Poland is the first European team to be knocked out of Russian Federation 2018.

The Poles came out firing at the start of the second half but their limitations remained and Cuadrado was soon causing them more problems down the right.

Quintero played creator in the 70th minute and Falcao turned the last defender before stroking the ball past Szczesny with the outside of his boot for his first World Cup strike.

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

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