Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

The border on the beach is marked by various logs and stones however there are signs

The border on the beach is marked by various logs and stones however there are signs

Poland became the latest team to get knocked out of this year's FIFA World Cup after their 3-0 humbling at the hands of Colombia in the Group H encounter at the Kazan Arena.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated a crucial 3-0 World Cup win over Poland to midfielder Carlos Sanchez on Sunday (June 24) after reports the midfielder received death threats for his red card against Japan.

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

Bayern Munich star James then found Juan Cuadrado late on, wrapping up a comfortable win for Colombia and leaving Nawalka with hard questions to answer.

Beating Senegal in the nation's final group game would guarantee Colombia safe passage into the second round, while Poland's fate has already been sealed after just two disappointing group games.

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Earlier on Sunday, Senegal and Japan, the other two countries in Group H, tied 2-2.

Sanchez was suspended for the game at Kazan Arena as Colombia got back in contention for a place in the last 16 and Poland were eliminated, and has had "a very hard time" dealing with the fallout from his third-minute sending-off in the 2-1 defeat to Japan, Pekerman said.

With the Eagles on the ropes, Colombia sought to confirm three points as they pressed for a second and it arrived with 20 minutes left to play. From deep in his own half, Jan Bednarek's long ball found Robert Lewandowski, who showed good control to bring it down and shoot, but David Ospina rushed out and produced a good save with his chest.

With two losses after two games, Poland has zero points.

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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.

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

Influential defender Glik missed Poland's opening match against Senegal due to a shoulder injury.

The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later. "We wanted to counter and play fast, but they played better".

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