A clinical Yerry Mina header in the first half kept Poland at bay at half-time as Colombia took a slender 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. The initial 10-odd minutes was thoroughly dominated by Poland, keeping the Colombians on the back foot, making them do the chasing job. Earlier, Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez, the star of Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals four years ago, was included in the starting line-up as the South American side bid to reignite their World Cup campaign against Poland on Sunday. James, who has been suffering from muscle fatigue in his calf, came on for the last 30 minutes of 10-man Colombia’s 2-1 opening defeat to Japan that has left them desperate for a win at Kazan Arena if they are to stay on track to claim a place in the last 16. James takes his place on the left of Jose Pekerman’s three-man midfield with Jose Quintero, who scored a free kick against Japan, in the middle and Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado expected to provide pace and creativity on the right flank. Monaco’s Radamel Falcao will lead Colombia’s hunt for goals. (Highlights: Poland vs Colombia)
Highlights of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Poland vs Colombia Group H match straight from Kazan Arena, Russia.
01:26 IST: FT: Colombia thrash Poland 3-0. That’s all for the night, until tomorrow, it’s goodbye!
01:22 IST: 5 minutes added, Poland keeping the ball in the injury time, they are trying to get a consolation after a poor display of football barring the initial 10 minutes. But what a night for Cuadrado, he has been brilliant along side Quintero and the referee blows the FINAL WHISTLE!
00:18 IST: Shot from Lewandowski! Ospina tucks it away, the best from the Bayern Munich striker we have seen so far.
01:15 IST: Free-kick for Poland, they decide to play a long ball, disappointing as they fail to find their target man.
01:10 IST: Meanwhile, Poland come close on scoring from close range but Ospina charges down and makes a great save! Looks like he might be replaced, he is down with some pain for the third time in 80 minutes now.
01:07 IST: Falcao gets a standing ovation as he hands over the arm band to Rodriguez, he has been replaced by Carlos Bacca in the 78th minute!
01:04 IST: GOAL! Juan Cuadrado scores in the 75th minute, he timed his run to perfection and side foots the ball to score the eight goal for his country as Colombia lead 3-0.
00:59 IST: Falcao scores the 30th goal for his country! Brilliant through ball from Quintero to find the Colombian veteran and he makes no mistake to dispatch in the back of the net. Colombia lead 2-0 in the 70th minute.
00:56 IST: Long throw inside the box from Piszczek, Lewandowski gets a header but blocked away by the Colombian defence.
00:53 IST: Great one touch football on display from the Colombians, Polsh have been kept at bay inside their own half. We are in the 65th minute.
00:48 IST: Lewandowski runs past Yerry Mina, gathers pace to take a close range shot one-on-one with Ospina — but the goalkeeper charges down to make himself large and the block has been made. More likely from the Polsh star, 60 minutes into the game.
00:45 IST: Left footed shot from Quintero, ball goes out for a corner — which is headed out and falls in space for Cuadrado, but the winger has made the right mess of it, skies it!
00:40 IST: Colombia on the attack, Cuadrado passes a delicious ball for Falcao in the space but he has skied it miles above the crossbar, 50 minutes into the game.
00:36 IST: Lewandowski has only touched the ball twice, 48 minutes played in the match so far. He needs to show intensity!
00:34 IST: We are back underway, Falcao gets the ball rolling.
00:19 IST: HT in Kazan: Poland 0-1 Colombia
00:15 IST: Four minutes added to the first-half, Colombia launch attack. Bit off shirt pulling there from the Polsh on Rodriguez as the first-half leaders look to contain the ball.
00:12 IST: Colombian dominance approaching half-way mark, they are keeping the ball in their own half looking to hold on to that slender lead. Polsh, not trying hard to chase the ball.
00:09 IST: GOAL! Yerry Mina puts Colombia in the 40th minute off a cleaver chip inside the box from James Rodriguez. Colombia 1-0 Poland.
00:06 IST: First real chance for Colombia in the 37th minute as Cuadrado dances passes the defence inside the box, tries to find Falca but the ball goes out for a corner — which is fisted away by Szczesny.
00:04 IST: Falcao keeps a long ball in space, returns pass, the ball is passed forward to Cuadrado who is in space and takes a shot, far off target! Neither of the sides have been able to break the deadlock in the first 35 minutes.
00:01 IST: Aguilar stretchered off, Mateus Uribe comes in place. A forced substitution for the Colombian in the 32nd minute.
23:58 IST: Cuadrado puts a curling cross, towards Falcao but the Polish defence in place to clear it away.
23:54 IST: Rodriguez makes a lofted pass, finds Falcao in space who makes a back heel but the ball goes past Cuadrado — who was in space to shoot. 24 minutes up!
23:53 IST: Corner for Poland, cleared away easily off the Colombian defence.
23:50 IST: James Rodriguez finds Quintero in space as he plays a through ball to split the Polsh defence but Aguilar fails to get the final touch inside the box right, 20 minutes on the clock!
23:48 IST: Shot from Zielinski, deflected for a Polsh corner. Poland keep the ball well but fail to find the killer instinct.
23:44 IST: Free-kick for Colombia from their own half, looking to launch an attack but James Rodrigues just falls short of the cross.
23:41 IST: Poland more impressive in the first 10 minutes, Colombia put together a few moments of inspiration.
23:39 IST: Colombia leave first mark on the game, combining well but failing to get the penetration right.
23:36 IST: Ospina looked in a bit of discomfort, but looks like he will continue. Poland are taking the game to the opponents at the moment.
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23:33 IST: Razdan down for Poland, looks like he has done some himself some damage. But he gets back on to his feet. 4 minutes up!
23:31 IST: Corner for Poland, strange delivery with no one getting a touch, the Polish attack continues and they get another corner off Lewandowski.
23:30 IST: Kick-off, Poland get the ball rolling and straight on a long ball into the Colombian half has been launched.
23:27 IST: National anthem done, team sheets exchanged, coin toss done; we are minutes away from the crucial kick-off at Kazan.
23:15 IST: Here is the complete line-up of Poland and Colombia, we are 15 minutes away from the kick-off.
Meanwhile, in Kazan…
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21:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Group H match between Poland and Colombia.
Four years on and having relaunched his career with Monaco following a disastrous spell in England with Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao has the chance to showcase the predatory talents that steered Atletico Madrid to the Europa League and Spanish Super Cup victories in 2012.
Falcao scored over 30 goals for Monaco in the 2016-2017 season to help steer the Principality club to the Champions League semi-finals and the Ligue 1 title, in front of Paris Saint-Germain.