By Izuchukwu Okosi
Colombia enhanced their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup with an emphatic 3-0 win over a poor Poland who have been eliminated from the tournament at the Kazan Arena.
Poland had more possessions in the early exchanges of this Group H match and a brief break from play took place as Colombia and Arsenal keeper David Ospina received treatment for a mild injury.
The Colombians led by captain Radamel Falcao conjured up some nervous moments in the 20th minute but eventually the ball rolled out for goal kick as poor passes undid a promising move.
The first goal of the match came when Barcelona’s Yerry Mina headed home the ball in the 40th minute for Colombia’s goal after a clever exchange of passes involving James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero.
Colombia had to deal with enormous pressure from the Polish who were desperate for an equaliser but Falcao doubled Colombia’s lead with a finish with the outside of his right foot, the ball going under the midriff of Wojciech Szczszny with twenty minutes left to play following a quick counter attack.
Cuadrado then scored the back breaking goal five minutes later getting to the end of a pass with another swift counter attacking move that caught the wandering Polish defenders flat footed.
In the 82nd minute Mateus Uribe tried a cheeky back heel near the goal line but Poland’s Jan Bednarek luckily cleared the ball to avoid a fourth goal for the South Americans.
Robert Lewandowski let fly a great shot in the 88th minute which Ospina fisted away for a corner kick.
Colombia must now aim to defeat Senegal to progress to the knockout stages. In the stands to cheer them were two legends of the game in the country, Carlos Valderama and René Heguita.