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POL vs COL Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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40' Y. Mina
70' R. Falcao
75' J. Cuadrado

Ole! Ole! Ole! Colombia have give Poland a footballing lesson here. Vamos Colombia. Commiserations to the Polish. An absolutely dead-on-his-feet (fingers?) Anirudh Menon signing out. 

94' Lewa looks to tee one up, but loses sight of the ball - story of his tournament, that. At the other end, James is absolutely DESTROYING Poland
93' Nothing's happening. BLOW THE WHISTLE, REF
90' Colombia are passing circles around Poland. They are enjoying themselves so much more
89' The corner, though is wasted as Ospina punches it clear. 
88' WOOF! LEWA, FINALLY! He takes a touch and absolutel smashes a shot at goal - that Ospina does superbly to tip away. 
87' OH! Grosicki is crying. That's hard to watch. Gazza 2.0. Poland are crashing out of Russia like it's 1991. 
84' OH LERNA! The midfielder ghosts into the box where he's found superbly by James; the midfielder takes a touch and looks to backheel it at goal but ooooh, the ball trickles along along the line and it takes Glik to leather it away. 
83' Ospina's injured and hobbling around - but the Colombians have made all three subs (the muppet on tele is asking why they aren't charging him; it's because they have made them all. MY GOD!)
80' Poland win a corner, Poland throw Glik as an additional body in the box instead of Pazdan. His first touch is to almost set up Grosicki; but the Colombians throw themselves at the shot and they smother really well.
79' OH MINA! OH LEWANDOWSKI! OH, MY! The captain motors into the box, but Yerry Mina takes him and the ball out with a perfectly timed, perfectly legal tackle. WOOF! Mina's absolutely dominated this battle
78' Bednarak gives the ball away to Uribe with the most lost-looking pass of all time but Pisczek has still not fallen asleep and he mops it up
77' They've just cut to Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderamma celebrating in the stands. What a sight. YES! Pekerman allows Falcao a standing ovation and a bit of rest as he takes him off for Carlos Bacca!
James, James, James. He runs onto Mojica's pass and curls the most gorgeous ball right around three Polish defenders and right into Cuadrado's path -- and the Juve man keeps his calm to smash it past Szczęsny
75' The Poles move forward - the Kazan Arena rings out in boos - and Cuadrado cheers them all up by absolutely thumping a clearance into the stands
74' From a Pisczek throw-in, Kyrchowiak lets fly -- he connects well but doesn't really get any direction behind it. Into Row Z she goes
72' Bereszyński is replaced by Teodorczyk as the Poles hurl the kitchen sink at it. Striker on for a Wingback. Pekerman counters that by taking off the brilliant Quintero for the defensive midfielder Lerma. 
OH YES, OH YES, FALCAO! WHAT A GOAL! Quintero slips in another sublime defence splitter into El Tigre's path. He takes one touch, sizes it up and slaps a superb, superb, finish of the outside off his boot and into the bottom far corner. LOVELY! Falcao's celebrations screams of the joy of redemption
67' OH! A nice burst of pace from Goralski sees the Poles win a freekick. Zielinski hurls it into the box - Lewa gets sandwiched by Sanchez and Mina and Arias mops up the spill
65' OOOOOH! Finally Lewa wins a header, but all he can do is smash it into Sanchez's noggin'. Oh, Lewa!
64' Lewandowski's channeling his inner Messi here. The more starved of service he gets, the deeper he's dropping. Finally, the Poles move forward -- and Pisczek will line up another long hurl into the box
63' Poland are not able to get out of their own half here. It's like watching my old school team. Nothing's happening when the men in white get the ball. 
62' Zielinski goes in late on Barrios, and that's all excuse the midfielder needs to roll around a touch and eat up more seconds. As Amit Mishra notes next to me, Colombia are rondo-ing their way around the field. Such a Pekerman team this is
61' Yerry Mina is absolutely dominating Robert Lewandowski here. The Poles look thoroughly disjointed. 
60' Finally a yellow. Bednarek smashes into Uribe as he looks to break forward. That's the simplest decision the ref will make all day. 
57' The Poles make their first change - Kownacki off, Grosicki on
56' Colombia counter at pace - 3 v 3. James slips in Quintero, who shifts it to his left and smashes a shot off Pazdan and away for a corner. Which bounces out to Cuadrado - he has a shot from thirty odd yards out. The ball's still travelling
55' Ai, ok, the Poles are pressing a touch higher now - and the Poles have a sustained spell of possession in the Colombian half - but Bereszyński's cross delflects off James and comfortably into the arms of Ospina
54' Goranski smacks the single most rubbish pass out to the flanks you'll ever see and Rybus hangs his head as he watches it bounce hopelessly out of bounds. Story of their first 54 minutes, that. 
52' James pings a lovely, lovely ball out to Cuadrado. He holds the ball, waits, brews himself some coffee - has it - then takes out Rybus with a burst down the outside - he pings it to James who's shot is not good enough to break the Polish wall
51' Cuadrado breaks at pace, eschews the chance to play it across to James... he holds onto it for a while and then tees up Falcao. El Tigre takes a touch and sends a curler high up into the chilly Kazan air
50' Lewa and Mina go for another aerial fifty-fifty; the young Colombian wins it again. Barrios and Arias combine to move the Colombians forward where the move ends with Quintero sending a hopeless shot well wide of the Polish goal
49' Oh Lewa! Bereszyński and Zielenski combine to win a throw in. Pisczek hurls it in - in the Rory Delay fashion - but Lewandowski's header bounces harmlessly over the bar and onto the roof of the net
48' James and Falcao combine once again to set Colombia forward before Quintero pings a lovely ball out James. He cushions a header into Mojica; but Poland intercept and steam forward. 
46' Colombia are trying to pass it out the back - and that's not a great thing, now that the Poles are pressing with far greater intensity. Bereszyński's shot after they do win it back, though, is horrendous. 
PEEP! WE ARE OFF AGAIN! Colombia kick off

Colombia's leading by one, but this match could really go either way. The Colombians have dominated possession, but Poland are a Lewandowski moment of magic away from snatching it back. 

45' + 4' Ospina punches it clear, a touch, shakily and that's that. 
45' + 3' OI! Quintero looks to  slip in James with another superb ball - but Bedranek reads it to perfection. He plays it to Lewandowski - who gets clattered into by Mina. Uribe, though, loses possession to Kyrchowiak and the Poles move forward - Rybus winning a corner
45' + 2' Colombia keep possession, though, and this time James wins a freekick. Pass-pass-pass go the men in blue
45' + 1' Falcao's hammered into by Pazdan and Colombia have a freekick... they play it short and Arias hosts into space down the right; but his cross into the far post is utterly rubbish 
45' Four minutes to be added on. Colombia will look to play keep-ball
44' Rybus screams into the box and looks to play it into the far post; but he can't get any sort of direction behind his cross and that's a goalkick
43' OOOOO! OFFSIDE! Quintero tries to stab another of his lovely reverse into the path of James but the Bayern/Real Madrid man is a country mile offside
42' Poland looks to move forward with real intent - but Barrios shuts the door on them. He lays it off to Quintero who pings a superb ball out to Falcao. El Tigre traps the ball dead with a lovely touch, and then keeps it with that underrated upper body strength of his. This then sets off a lovely couple of minutes of Colombian possession...
OH! What  goal! The corner's played short, Quintero stabs the single most sumptuous reverse into the path of James; the no. 10 lifts a lovely ball into the box and Mina towers over everyone to absolutely thump a powerful header into the back of the net. WOOF!
39' Falcao does superbly to hold-up play and play in Cuadrado who wins a corner... 
37' Nothing comes off the corner, Poland look to counter - Lewandowski's one-on-two; but Mojica puts in an excellent challenge to stop the rampaging striker. 
36' OOO LA LA! JUAN CUADRADO, YOU BEAUTY. He jinks hither, jinks thither, sashays another way and takes out three Polish defenders on his way through a magical dribble into the box - from where he smashes a shot/pass across the face of the box and wins a corner 
34' Cuadradio has a shot from a mile out; it smashes off Falcao's noggin and flies out for a goalkick
33' The corner's played short, and Mojica looks to cross it into Falcao; but Bednarek's there once again - he's dominated that Polish box so far. The Poles motor forward and Sanchez and Zielinski clatter into each other, the ref waving play on. Any other ref and this would be more American football (hand-egg) than our lovely version
32' WOOF! Uribe sweeps a tremendous crossfield out to Cuadrado with the first swoosh of his boot; the Juve winger runs at Rybus before playing it to Quintero - who trivelas it delightfully into the near post where it's headed away for  a corner. 
31' James and Lewandowski exchange a few polite words as Aguilar is taken off for Matias Uribe. 
29' The ref's asking everyone to calm down as Aguilar goes in high on Bereszyński for a fifty-fifty. The ref gives a foul for Poland, and then calls the stretcher on as Aguilar seems to have done temporarily irrevocable harm to his muscles with it. 
28' UFF! Cuadrado lifts a delightful ball into the box where Falcao leaps magnificently, but Bednarek is on the job and thumps it away, just ahead of the Colombian captain
27' Bednarek looks to play in Lewandowski early but Barrios clatters into him and the Poles have to pass backwards; Cuadrado then steams into Pazdan (retribution, anyone?) but the ref asks everyone to play on as the Poles retain possession. He's allowing this game to flow - and it's plenty physical as result of this
25' .... OH! A loose pass allows Barrios to ping a ball that allows James to run forward. The magician stabs the most lovely through ball forward to Falcao - who looks to backheel to Cuadrado, all unnecessarily elaborate, but Pazdan takes ball and man out with a thunderous tackle.
24' The Poles are knocking it around a bit as they seek to take the sting out of the momentum Colombia had been building up....
22' Bereszyński looks to play in Lewandowski early; but Sanchez gets there ahead of him and shanks an awful clearance out for a corner. Which is rubbish once again from Rybus
21' Goralsski absolutely steams into Quintero at the centre-circle and Colombia build from the back once again. Quintero gets onto the ball and almost sips in Cuadrado with the most delightful ball - he's been so good today - but Pazdan gets to it and sets Poland off on the counter
20' OH! From the Polish throw, the Colombians launch a counter - Quintero slips in Falcao, who looks to play it out to James but it's cut out. Quintero wins it back and splits the Polish defence with a delightful li'l through ball, but Aguilar's wrong footed by it too (such was the quality) and he can't get it under control 
19' Which is utter rubbish. Doesn't clear the first man in the box. The Poles keep at it, though, and Sanchez has to be alert to stop Bereszyński sneaking into the box off Goralski's ball.
18' Move forward they do, and after a touch of pinball just outside the area - Zielinski slams a shot off Mina and away for a corner
17' Quintero looks to force the issue with some forward passing; it doesn't happen the first time around but from a Barrios tackle Quintero gets another chance and he feed Cuadrado via Falcao - the Juve man lifts into the box, but Pazdan heads it away well. Davinson Sanchez then absolutely slams into Lewandowski at the halfway line - the Polish talisman is uprooted, as my colleague Shambhu Ajith exclaims - and they can move forward from here
15' A sublime James lay-off allows Mujica to motor into space on the left - he lifts one in; James looks to connect with an acrobatic scissors kick, but can't get a proper connection. The Colombians look a little more settled now. 
13' Just as I say that, the Colombians have a good 30 seconds plus of passing it about - Cuadrado swings it into the box at the end of it all, but Piszcek heads just ahead of Falcao.  
12' The Colombians are getting precious little by way of a concentrated passing effort. The Poles are closing them down well
10' Rybus looks to play in Kownacki; but Mina's up to the task. The Poles are controlling almost all of the possession now. 
9' Cuadrado eases away from Kownacki and that sets the Colombians off.... OH! A superb James dummy allows a Falcao layoff to run across to Quintero. His cross in turn is inches away from James' outstretched leg as he sends it in. Closest the Colombians have come to the Polish box, this
7' Lewandowski and Yerry Mina clash -- the Polish captain accidentaly (we hope) stamps on the prone Mina's fingers. Another cry of anguish from a Colombian fills the arena
5' The Arsenal keeper is hobbling, in considerable pain, but after a generous dash of magic spray, it looks like he's fit enough to continue
4' Lewandowski dropping in between his centre-backs for some reason almost plays a loose pass out to Falcao, but Bednarek mops up. The Poles move swiftly forward -- Bereszyński sticks one into the mixer but Lewa can't get any purchase behind the header. Ospina collects but as he looks to throw forward, Kownacki puts him off and Ospina falls awkwardly.
3' The corner slams into Mujica - and the Poles have a throw-in. From which, a strong tackle from Falcao on Pazdan allows the Colombians to counter... but Pazdan is down, and with Falcao headed nowhere in a hurry, the ref blows for the Polish defender to get medical attention
2' OH POLAND! Arias and Sanchez are not the on the same page here -- this confusion allows Kownacki to take a whack at goal, but it deflects away for a corner. Zielenski takes, but Colombia scramble it clear, somehow. Lewandowski returns with interest and wins another. Kownacki trots over to take it
1' Both sides take it in turns to aimlessly lump it forward. The only way is up, I promise you

Poland, in their storied white tops and red shorts will be kicking from right to left as you'd see it on the telly. Colombia, in deep, gorgeous all-blue, shall be aiming to move it the other way. 
Two of the greatest pure strikers of our time teeing off against each other. WOOF!
The rousing national anthems of Colombia and Poland have been belted out -- hands have been shaken, photos have been taken, Falcao and Lewandowski stand looking each other in the eye as they await the coin toss. 
Poland vs Colombia - CONFIRMED LINEUPS OUT

Poland Predicted XI (3-4-3):
Wojciech Szczesny; Bednarek, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Maciej Rybus, Jacek Goralski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Bartosz Bereszyniski; Kownacki, Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski

Colombia Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Abel Aguilar, Wilmar Barrios; Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Juan Quintero; Radamel Falcao
Poland vs Colombia - Camps Speaketh

Poland assistant coach Hubert Malowiejski has been talking: "We are in the same situation. Colombia were considered favourites in our group, but the first game was not good for them. ut, let's not forget they played almost the whole game with 10 men. They are very difficult to beat, they have played with more or less the same squad for many years".

While asked about James Rodriguez he straight batted it: "We know how good James is, but we treat Colombia as a whole team, even if they have such a great player. The key point is not to let him play brilliantly, it is one of the most important tasks for our team."

In the other, camp, it's the captain who's speaking. Radamel Falcao. "We have two more games ahead and that means we still have the opportunity to progress to the next round. That gives us hope and it is in our own hands on the pitch." he said, adding "This team has shown it is mentally strong.  It will be like a final. Each team will battle hard to keep the ball, and will close down the space for their opponents to operate in. Perhaps we won't make as many mistakes as we did before, because we all know this is a match that will determine who will continue in the World Cup."
Poland vs Colombia - Kickoff time, Venue, TV Schedule, Live Streaming details

Kickoff time: 9 PM Local Time | 7 PM UK | 11:30 PM IST (that's 2330 for you, soldier)
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan
TV Schedule: Ten 2, Ten 2 HD in India, ITV in the UK, SuperSport in Nigeria, Fox in the US
Live Stream: Sonyliv - but why disturb the folks as they look to get some shut-eye. You could just follow it on the low right here!

Poland vs Colombia - Team News

Poland's defensive brain fades cost them against an impressive Senegal side, but they did show more attacking intent in the second half, and they'll look to start tonight in a similar vein.

To this end, Adam Nawalka may choose to throw in young Dawid Kownacki from the off after he impressed as a second half-substitute in that first game. What Nawalka will look to do, though, is play Kamil Glik. The Monaco star missed the first game due to a shoulder injury - and a late, late call will be taken on whether he can start this one or not.

For Jose Pekerman, the headache is whether to play both James Rodrigues (who should start after having to sit out the majority of the first game) and Juan Quintero (who scored the goal, and was so impressive in the 2-1 defeat to Japan), sacrificing the pace of a winger in the process or whether to take Quintero out and go with his traditional 1x playmaker, 2 x winger style.

Even there, he faces a dilemma - stick with Juan Cuadrado (who got taken off early on to make way for Wilmar Barrios) and Jose Izquierdo, or play Luis Muriel along one of the wings. As Falcao exclaimed, this is a 'final' for both sides - and Pekerman can't afford to get it wrong.

Wilmar Barrios, meanwhile, is expected to stand in for the suspended Carlos Sanchez (who, of course, got sent off in the third minute of the last game for deliberate handball inside his own box- the muppet)

Poland vs Colombia - Probable Lineups   

Poland Predicted XI (3-4-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Kamil Glik; Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Maciej Rybus, Jacek Goralski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Bartosz Bereszyniski; Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski

Colombia Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Cristian Zapata, Oscar Murillo, Johan Mojica; Abel Aguilar, Wilmar Barrios; Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Luis Muriel; Radamel Falcao

Poland vs Colombia - Form Guide

 (all competitions - most recent first)

Poland: LWDWL

They've come into the competition on the back of a rather decent run of form -- but the only that matters at this juncture is that big fat 'L' at the beginning of that form guide. But they do have Lewa - Despite failing to score against Senegal in Poland's opening match, Robert Lewandowski has netted 21 goals in his last 16 appearances for his national team.

Most recent game: 19/06/18: Poland 1 - 2 Senegal

Colombia: LDDWD

Read above for relevance of Colombia's form guide. Here's one sobering factoid about the Colombian's record in group stages - Only once before have Colombia lost both of their opening two games in a World Cup tournament, doing so against Romania and the USA back in 1994.

Most recent game: 19/06/18: Colombia 1 - 2 Japan

Poland vs Colombia - Head to Head

Games Played:
This will be their first ever competitive match

Poland Wins: 2

Poland coach Nawalka earned his 34th and final cap for the Bialo-czerwoni (The White and Reds) against Colombia. It was the first-ever meeting between the sides, and one Poland won 4-1.

Colombia Wins: 3

A factoid that could explain the neutral's love for Colombia - None of Colombia's 19 games at the World Cup have ended goalless.

Draws: That is but elementary [math], my dear Watson. Really, really, elementary

Poland vs Colombia - Prediction

Poland need the win - and they have the attacking talent to get it. Colombia need the win - and they have the attacking talent to get it. This is going to be a high scoring game in my book, with the ones that hold their nerve at the end of it all taking it home (d'oh) Prediction? Poland 2 - 3 Colombia​
J. Góralski
K. Glik
M. Pazdan
C. Bacca
R. Falcao
J. Cuadrado
assist: J. Rodríguez
J. Lerma
J. Quintero
Ł. Teodorczyk
B. Bereszyński
R. Falcao
assist: J. Quintero
J. Bednarek
K. Grosicki
D. Kownacki
Y. Mina
assist: J. Rodríguez
M. Uribe
A. Aguilar
Colombia (4-2-3-1)
José Néstor Pekerman (Manager)
W. Szczęsny
M. Pazdan
J. Bednarek
Ł. Piszczek
M. Rybus
J. Góralski
G. Krychowiak
B. Bereszyński
D. Kownacki
R. Lewandowski
P. Zieliński
D. Ospina
J. Mojica
D. Sánchez
Y. Mina
S. Arias
W. Barrios
A. Aguilar
J. Rodríguez
J. Quintero
J. Cuadrado
R. Falcao
Colombia (4-2-3-1)
José Néstor Pekerman (Manager)
Poland Subs
B. Bialkowski
J. Błaszczykowski
Ł. Fabiański
K. Glik
K. Grosicki
A. Jędrzejczyk
R. Kurzawa
K. Linetty
A. Milik
S. Peszko
T. Cionek
Ł. Teodorczyk
Colombia Subs
C. Bacca
M. Borja
J. Cuadrado
F. Díaz
J. Izquierdo
J. Lerma
L. Muriel
O. Murillo
M. Uribe
C. Vargas
C. Zapata
9 SHOTS 13
15 FOULS 10
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 2
Stadium Kazan' Arena
Match time Sun, 24 Jun 2018, 11:30 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2018 01:25 AM | Published: Jun 24, 2018 18:30 PM
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