3 reasons why Poland lost 3-0 to Colombia

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Poland's hopes for play in the knockout round of the football World Cup in Russian Federation are over after being thrashed 0-3 by Colombia in the group stage on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao's first World Cup goal led Colombia to a 3-0 victory over Poland on Sunday (Monday NZT) and kept the team in the running for a spot in the knockout round.

- Quintero became the first Colombian player to score in two World Cup tournaments (2014 and '18) in the opening loss to Japan.

In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka's men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.

Rodriguez's two goals to down Los Charruas are already firmly etched into Colombian footballing folklore, but now Colombia needs Rodriguez to stand tall and produce some magic once again on Sunday in Kazan against Poland.

Poland's offensive tactics were limited to launching long balls towards Lewandowski and although Colombia were trying to play the ball on the floor, they could not get their passes to stick.

Gareth Southgate has been full of praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of England's World Cup clash with Panama.

Rodriguez has now been directly involved in nine goals in seven World Cup appearances for Colombia, scoring six and assisting on three.

Asked why he was so sure, Nawalka said Poland had carried out detailed analysis of their opponents, but what was more important was what his own team would do on the pitch. The lively Quintero threaded a defence-splitting pass to Falcao, who rolled back the years with a delightful low finish with the outside of his right boot. Robert Lewandowski & Co. will be looking for a rebound performance.

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.

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

Desperate for the equaliser, Poland exposed themselves to counter-attacks whenever they ventured forward.

The pressure is now on, not just for Rodriguez, but in the knowledge that Jose Nestor Pekerman's six-and-a-half-year stint - only three other coaches at the World Cup have been in place longer - in charge would have a huge stain should Colombia lose against a Poland side ranked eighth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and also needing a result.