FULL TIME! Colombia 3-0 Poland, Goals from Mina, Cuadrado and Falcao dump Poland out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 as Lewandowski fails to find the back of the net in the injury time. Colombia are still in the race to qualify for the knockout stage after Japan drew 2-2 with Senegal earlier tonight.
01:20 IST: 90 minutes into the game and Colombia came close to having their 4th goal of the night but the Polish backline somehow managed to avoid it. Lewandowski reputation as one of the best strikers in the world has certainly been harmed after his lacklustre display today. Five minutes of added time Colombia 3-0 Poland.
01:15 IST: 85 minutes into the game and Colombia are cruising towards a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Kazan Arena in Kazan with the help of goals from Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao and Yerry Mina. Poland have been dominated and completely outclassed by an expressive Colombian frontline. Lewandowski’s men will play for pride against Japan next. Colombia 3-0 Poland.
01:08 IST: GOALL! Cuadrado extends Colombia’s lead to 3-0 with an unstoppable effort. What a pass from Rodriguez from the left and Cuadrado with a sensational finish to kill this game. All but over for Lewandowski’s Poland now, they are three goals down with 15 minutes left. Quintero off for Lerma and Falcao is replaced by Bacca as Rodriguez takes the captain band. Colombia 3-0 Poland.
01:00 IST: 71 minutes into the game and Poland are desperately looking for an equaliser, they know it’s the end if they fail to break the deadlock. GOALLLLL! Radamel Falcao with a stunning goal here, his 38th for Colombia and first at this World Cup. Quintero with a brilliant through ball that was aptly converted by Falcao who came running before tearing into the Polish keeper to extend Colombia’s lead. Colombia 2-0 Poland.
00:55 IST: 65 minutes into the game, Bednarek is booked for bringing down Uribe. Poland have created and missed to convert another fruitful chance. Lewandowski in need of support but he fails to get it from anyone in a Poland shirt. Meanwhile, Colombia have adopted a more defensive approach with Rodriguez too tracking back. Colombia 1-0 Poland.
00:50 IST: 60 minutes into the game, Robert Lewandowski with his best chance of the match so far and he smacked his shot from close range into David Ospina who came charging to block the attempt before going down. Colombia are now being tested a bit with Lewandowski hitting form. Colombia 1-0 Poland.
00:45 IST: 55 minutes into the game, Cuadrado was looking dangerous running down on to the Polish goalkeeper from the right but he lost control and passed the ball to Falcao who was again in a great position to score from 15 yards but he put it over the bar. Cuadrado is trying to exploit the Polish defence from the right as Colombia look for the second. Lewandowski has failed to get one shot into the second half. Colombia 1-0 Poland.
00:40 IST: 50 minutes into the game, two Colombian players have been taken down already in the second half as the South Americans continue to tumble. But if they can hold on to the lead, it will be enough for them to keep themselves alive in the race for the knockout stages. Poland, if fails to score, will be dumped out of the World Cup early. They need to keep their heads uo and put up a fight. Colombia 1-0 Poland.
00:35 IST: The players are out on the pitch for the second half at the Kazan Arena in Kazan with Colombia leading 1-0. Both the teams have enjoyed almost equal possession and shots but Colombia came out more clinical, scoring on their first shot on target. Colombia have enjoyed 58% possession to Poland’s 42. Let’s see what the second half has in the bag for us. Colombia 1-0 Poland.
00:20 IST: HALF TIME! Colombia 1-0 Poland. Yerry Mina’s superb header remains the difference as the two teams walk back after 4 minutes of added time into the halftime. Colombia will be happy to take the lead, given how they have attacked so far in this game, arguably the better side in the first half. Lewandowski and co on the brink of an early exit if they don’t find the equaliser here in Kazan.
00:12 IST: GOALLLL!!! Yerry Mina with the breakthrough for Colombia. A powerful header by the Barcelona defender to put his side ahead with just 5 minutes left for the halftime. Colombia convert first shot on target and take a deserved lead. Oh! what a moment for Mina who has scored his first goal at the World Cup. James Rodriguez with the assist there. Poland 0-1 Colombia.
00:09 IST: 40 minutes into the game, Cuadrado with the best chance of the game so far saw his shot get blocked inside the box by the Poland keeper. Still no shot on target from either side at the Kazan Arena in Kazan. The likes of Lewandowski, James and Cuadrado have failed to penetrate. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
00:05 IST: 35 minutes into the game, Colombians seem to have been hit by an injury curse as their players are going down one after another. Aguilar has already been taken away on a stretcher. The Colombians are attacking well but have nothing to show for their efforts so far as Cuadrado gets his shot blocked. Quintero’s cross is also deflected. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
00:01 IST: 31 minutes into the game and the scoreline reamins 0-0. Rodriguez is clearly not happy with how Falcao who he thinks should have finished the attack, chose to pass it to Cuadrado who failed to get to the pass before a Polish defender. Colombia have been exciting but they need to be more clinical. Also, Rodriguez was tackled brilliantly by Pazdan. Meanwhile, Aguilar seems to be done with this one as he is replaced by Uribe after being taken away on a stretcher. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
23:55 IST: 25 minutes into the game and Colombia are looking for all possible openings as they go forward. Cuadrado finds Falcao with a low cross but to no avail as the Monaco striker is stopped by a wobbly looking Polish backline. Poland run away quickly on a counter which is dispersed in the box by Sanchez. Rodriguez tries to set up Falcao who just misses by a nick to find Cuadrado with a back heel and as Poland have a sigh of relief. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
23:50 IST: Poland have their 3rd corner of the game and it is comfortably cleared away. Colombia have created more chances and have troubled the Polish backline than they have. Lewandowski has been kept at the bay by Sanchez and Falcao’s attempts have to been thwarted most of the times. After 20 minutes Poland 0-0 Colombia.
23:45 IST: There has never been a goalless draw between Colombia and Poland before in any international game. 15 minutes into the game, the two sides are locked in an equal tussle at 0-0 at the Kazan Arena in Kazan. Only a handful of attacks so far by both the teams, but action has certainly been more for the physios who have seen a number of players go down. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
23:40 IST: After Pazdan, it’s Ospina who goes down as referee’s pause the match for a while. Now it’s Barcelona defender Yerry Mina who goes down after a challenge from Lewandowski. Poland fight for possession but the Colombians are calmer on the ball so far. 10 minutes into the game, the scoreline is 0-0. Cuadrado tried finding James with a good pass but the Bayern Munich star was well ahead. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
23:35 IST: 5 minutes into the game, Poland have already had their first corner kick which they failed to convert as Colombians cleared it away easily. But the Polish have started as the more brighter side and are creating early troubles for the Colombian backline. Pazdan falls down after a challenge on Radamel Falcao. Polish forwards trying to find Lewandowski with every build up. Poland 0-0 Colombia.
23:30 IST: Bayern Munich teammates James Rodriguez and Roberto Lewandoski embrace each other after the national anthem. They are expected to have a great duel today, spearheading the attacks of their respective sides. Radamel Falcao will be Colombia’s main man though, looking to better his performance after a disappointing last game.
23:25 IST: Colombia and Poland are heading out led by their respective captains for the national anthem. The game is of significant importance to both the sides who might see their World Cup campaign end early after a loss tonight. The Kazan Arena is packed with the supporters of both the teams.
23:00 IST: With James Rodriguez fit to start, Colombia would be boosted for the crucial game. It’s a do or die game for both the teams who have failed to register a win yet. Rodriguez was phenomenal for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup which was a fairytale campaign for the South Americans.
22:40 IST: Here’s how the two teams line-up for today’s clash, Poland: Szczesny, Piszczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Goralski, Rybus, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Kownacki. Subs: Bialkowski, Jedrzejczyk, Cionek, Milik, Linetty, Grosicki, Teodorczyk, Glik, Blaszczykowski, Peszko, Kurzawa, Fabianski. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodriguez, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Zapata, Murillo, Bacca, Muriel, Uribe, Lerma, Diaz, Borja, Izquierdo, Cuadrado.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Poland vs Colombia. Colombia were dominating in their FIFA World Cup 2018, Group H opener against Japan but they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat, despite being the better side. Against Robert Lewandowski-led Poland, the South Americans will hope to register their first win at the tournament. Colombia will take on Poland at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, in what will be the first World Cup meeting between the two sides and their second group fixture respectively. Poland too were handed a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Senegal in the opener, which makes this game a must-win encounter for them. Bayern Munich superstar James Rodriguez who was Colombia’s top scorer at the 2014 World Cup might get his first start after coming on as a substitute against Japan.