World Cup: Poland 0 Colombia 3 - 5 things you need to know

Radamel Falcao scores their second goal at the Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia, on June 24, 2018.
Radamel Falcao scores their second goal at the Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia, on June 24, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

It was a tight and scrappy affair as Poland took on Colombia with Group H survival at stake and it was Jose Pekermen's team who got a 3-0 win courtesy of a Yerry Mina header, a Radamel Falcao finish and a sucker punch from Juan Cuadrado. With that loss, Poland tumble out of the tournament while Colombia need to beat Senegal to qualify for the next round.

1. The goal

Colombia (Yerry Mina 40th minute, Radamel Falcao 70th, Juan Cuadrado 75th)

2. The wow moment

He is regarded as one of the world's top strikers of the past decade but Falcao has never played at the World Cup finals. He missed the 2014 tournament after rupturing his knee ligament and now, at the age of 32 and having endured poor spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, finally reached the greatest stage in football. And how Colombia celebrated when he used the outside of his right boot to apply the finishing touch when clean through on goal. It was an emotional moment for this fine marksman that he has finally arrived at the World Cup... four years late but better than never.

3. The talking point

Colombia were in a mess during their opening 2-1 loss to Japan but after a tense start, they turned on the style against Poland after the break. The South American side rediscovered the swagger that made them such a pleasure to watch in 2014. From James' tricks to Cuadrado's pace and from Falcao's finishing to Juan Quintero's creativity, they all played with attacking intent and the result was a convincing win over the European side.

4. The star

Falcao scored and James got an assist but it was Quintero who earned the plaudits in Kazan for orchestrating Colombia's win. The Porto playmaker started the move that gave Mina his goal and he created the killer second goal with a delicate through ball for Falcao to kill the game. Quintero has given Colombia a viable option as James is not fully fit and he can be an outlet should the Bayern Munich man or Cuadrado be heavily marked.

5. What the result means

Colombia, with three points, are third in Group H but they are still in the fight. Japan and Senegal jointly lead the standings with four points and with identical goal differences. Falcao and Co. meet Senegal on June 28 in Samara needing a win to progress to the next round. As for Poland, they have been poor, service to star man Robert Lewandowski had been abysmal and they rightfully can speak to their travel agent for an early flight home. But the Poles can still play party poopers in the last game by denying Japan a last 16 place.