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Monday, June 25, 2018

Colombia shined at World Cup

Por Feco

The Colombian team came to the game with the enormous pressure of their defeat in the debut against Japan and they performed excellent vs. Polland. Mina opened the sscore in the 40th minute and then in the second half the goals by Falcao in the 70th and Juan Cuadrado in the 75th defined a game that was crucial for the Cafeteros aspirations to continue in the tournament.

Dancing at the pace imposed by a great James Rodriguez, but in an orchestra in which the entire team participated, those led by José Pékerman raffled a few minutes of uncertainty at the beginning of the game to end up overwhelming a Poland that was eliminated from the tournament. James joined Juan Fernando Quintero and Juan Cuadrado for the right side of the Colombian attack to create the goal for Yerry Mina which gave the advantage in the 40th minute of the first half, while Radamel Falcao joined the party in the match with his first world cup goal. The Tiger received a millimeter ball from Quintero to define with the outside before the departure of the Polish goalkeeper, Szczesny, to increase the score in the 70th minute. Five minutes later it was the turn of Cuadrado, who had an award for his impressive performance with a goal and celebration that reminded the Colombia that amazed the world four years ago in Brazil 2014.

Poland could never respond to the offensive power of the Colombian squad, unleashed in a perfect second time. Even Robert Lewandowski was frustrated when he crashed three times with an inspired David Ospina. Colombia still has a lot of work to do on the last day of Group H in which they will face against Senegal, conscious that they need the victory not to depend on the result between Japan and the eliminated Poland. With a draw, it would need a defeat of the Asian team and if lost, it would be eliminated, something that as demonstrated this Sunday, would be a great loss for the World Cup.

As soon as the first 45 minutes were over, the BBC's specialist in South American soccer, Tim Vickery, did not hesitate to sentence that it was "the best I've seen Colombia play since the 2014 World Cup." And after the final result he was even more impressed by the Colombian level, highlighting the contribution of Juan Quintero, with his associations with James Rodríguez, as a crucial factor for the change of fortune of the coffee team. “It's not just an attractive team, it's very dangerous," Vickery added. Meanwhile, seeing what happened in the game the former international Gary Lineker, who had previously indicated on Twitter that Senegal would be the toughest opponent that England could face in the round of 16, changed his opinion highlighting that this feared opponent could end up being Colombia .