Colombia kept their World Cup dream alive – and the bad news for England is that the South Americans look like a team to be reckoned with.
Goals by Barcelona defender Yerry Mina and Premier League rejects Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado sent Poland home.
It means Jose Pekerman’s men head into their last game against Senegal on Thursday with their fate in their own hands.
And a potential last 16 showdown with Gareth Southgate’s England is on the cards.
Senegal and Japan lead group H on four points apiece – while Poland can book their tickets home after losing their first two group games for the third successive World Cup they have qualified for.
Colombia, beaten by Japan in their opening game after playing 87 minutes with 10 men, looked increasingly like the team who were quarter-finalists four years ago.
An estimated 30,000 Colombians have made the trip to Russia – and the yellow-shirted hordes who turned the Kazan Arena into a mini-Bogota will also be a factor.
Colombia had to wait until five minutes before half-time before getting the breakthrough, but once Mina opened the scoring it was game over.
Johan Mojica and Juan Quintero combined at a short corner to spring James Rodriguez and his delicious cross into the heart of Poland’s six-yard box was gobbled up by the leaping Mina.
Poland, the nation of Deyna, Lato and Boniek, went out with a whimper.
Robert Lewandowski may have scored 16 goals in qualification but the Bayern Munich hit-man’s only sniff of a goal came just before the hour when he broke clear only for Arsenal keeper David Ospina to race out to block.
Falcao wasted one great chance – blazing over from 18 yards – but the striker who couldn’t make it at Manchester United or Chelsea didn’t miss when Quintero sent him racing through the middle.
Falcao’s classy finish, with the outside of his left foot, gave Wojciech Szczesny no chance.
Quadrado was another who failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
But when Rodriguez’s stunning switch of play caught Poland out, the winger showed great pace and perfect placement into the corner.
No wonder Colombian legends Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderrama danced in delight in the posh seats.
Poland (3-4-3): Szczesny 5; Piszczek 5, Bednarek 5, Pazdan 5; Bereszynski 5, Krychowiak 6, Goralski 6, Rybus 6; Zielinski 5, Lewandowski 5, Kownacki 5. Subs: Grosicki (Kownacki 57), Teodorczyk (Bereszynski 72), Glik 5 (Pazdan 80).
Colombia (4-2-3-1): Ospina 6; Arias 6, D Sanchez 6, Mina 7, Mojica 6; Aguilar 5, Barrios 6; Cuadrado 8, Quintero 7, Rodriguez 8; Falcao 7. Subs: Uribe 6 (Aguilar 32), Lerma 5 (Quintero 73), Bacca 5 (Falcao 78).
It’s just the one more game for Poland now in Group H as they face off against group leaders Japan in Volgograd, looking to at least take home a point from a dismal campaign. Their opposition won’t go down easily though as they seek a round of 16 place too – while as for Colombia, they know that only a win against Senegal can send them through too, with a draw enough to eliminate them and give their African rivals a spot in the knockout stages on Thursday. Until then however, thank you for joining us – and have a good week!
It’s joy for Colombia and desolation for Poland as goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado ensure that the former stay in the hunt for the knockout stages and the latter are eliminated from the World Cup with a 3-0 win in Kazan. Jose Pekerman’s side turned on the style in a rampant second half performance that saw them rout Adam Nawalka’s team to set up what is effectively a straight shoot-out with Senegal for the round of 16; Poland, the group’s top seed, are the first to be heading home from Russia. Full-time, it finishes Poland 0-3 Colombia.
90+5 minsminute by minute
FULL-TIME: POLAND 0-3 COLOMBIA
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Poland look to slip down the left wing as they seek a late goal to give them something to take away; they concede a foul though as Arias goes down and Colombia get the free-kick.
FT: Poland 0-3 Colombia
Colombia have done it, they eliminate Poland.
It’s all on Senegal vs Colombia, unless Poland can beat Japan.
90 minsminute by minute
Five added minutes on the way in Kazan as Colombia defuse Poland’s weak corner comfortably.
88 minsminute by minute
Lewandowski! The Poland captain almost gets a goal with a monster shot from 22 yards out; Ospina is forced to make a stunning leap to tip it over the crossbar. The Colombian keeper pulls a pained face as he comes back to earth but he has done his job. Corner to Poland.
87 minsminute by minute
This has been a humbling experience for Poland and a joyous one for Colombia, given their misfire against Japan with 10 men. It’s also been a match without any VAR controversy too, a rarity for this World Cup so far.
84 minsminute by minute
It’s nearly four for Colombia! After a snafu between Bednarek and Szczesny, Uribe has a chance to back-heel the ball into an open net. He fails to get the power behind it though and Bednarek recovers in time to boot it off the line.
Time running out for Poland, who have been second best all night.
Goralski is losing his cool now and goes in hard on James. Yellow card.
Uribe almost gets the fourth, backheeling with his back to goal, but it’s off the line!
85 minsminute by minute
Goralski gets a booking now as he brings down James with a tackle born of frustration on halfway. The Colombian goes for goal from distance, trying to catch Szczesny off his line, but hooks it well wide to the left.
82 minsminute by minute
Save from Ospina! Poland almost snatch a late goal he stops a close-range shot from Krychowiak at the left post following a corner swung in from the right. Again, the Colombia keeper goes down in pain; he’s been lucky that he hasn’t been tested too much in this match, given that he seems to have been nursing a knock for most of it.
80 minsminute by minute
Poland also make their final change now, with Pazdan replaced by defender Kamil Glik, who was initially ruled out of the World Cup through injury. He wasn’t expected to be fit until the knockout stages – though Poland won’t be seeing that round of the tournament this time round.
78 minsminute by minute
A thunderous round of applause greets Falcao’s departure as Carlos Bacca takes his place for Colombia’s final change.
75 minsminute by minute
CUADRADO MAKES IT THREE FOR COLOMBIA! Time has indeed run out for Poland as they find themselves at the hands of a rout. James plays another wonderful ball forward, to find the attacking midfielder as he bursts through into the opposition box and nudges his shot into the bottom-right corner past Szczesny. It’s been an emphatic performance from him and his nation.
75 minsminute by minute
James, unable to start against Japan due to fitness issues, has been very much the spark that has lit up Colombia’s World Cup in this game. This has been a wonderful showing from the Bayern Munich man.
GOAL! Poland 0-3 Colombia (Cuadrado)
Stunning football from Colombia, 3-0 and game over!
James with one of the finest passes you will ever seen, and Cuadrado gallops clear.
The Juventus man sticks it past his club team-mate Szczesny, low into the bottom right corner, game over!
74 minsminute by minute
Poland really are into the last chane saloon now; they need to find a brace of goals in the last quarter-hour to keep themselves in Russia beyond the group stages. Time is running out though…
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Colombia follow with one of their own, replacing the wonderful Quintero with Jefferson Lerma.
54 minsminute by minute
Pazdan forces a pass wide on halfway and intercepts for Poland to create a break; it peters out weakly in the end after Goralski’s cross out to Kownacki on the left wing skips away from him for a throw-in.
72 minsminute by minute
Poland make a change now at the restart as Lukasz Teodorczyk replaces Bereszynski.
70 minsminute by minute
FALCAO FOR COLUMBIA! 2-0! That may be curtains for Poland as the Colombian captain, supplied by a Quintero throughball, races into the opposition box and calmly slots home with a strike into the bottom-left corner under Szczesny.
70 minsminute by minute
It’s a glorious throughball from Quintero too, who released it just in time to keep his captain onside. It’s Falcao’s first World Cup goal – and the one that very well may keep his side in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages.
68 minsminute by minute
A free-kick 35 yards out on the left for Poland is boomed deep to the right edge of the box where Krychowiak manages to volley it back in. Lewandowski is the man it heads towards, but he goes down under pressure from two defenders and Colombia survive.
GOAL! Poland 0-2 Colombia (Falcao)
What a goal!
Quintero with a lovely pass to slip in Falcao, and he makes no mistake.
Wonderful finish with the outside of his boot, low into the bottom left corner!
Colombia have breathing room!
Chance for Poland to swing a dangerous free-kick into the box.
Krychowiak gets the header at the back post, but Colombia scramble it clear.
66 minsminute by minute
25 minutes of regulation time left on the clock in Kazan and Poland are growing into this game. Lewandowski tries to push a header towards goal in the Colombian box, from a long throw-in, only to see it deflect off the face of Davinson Sanchez and into the path of Falcao who clears.
63 minsminute by minute
Zielinski clatters Barrios to the turf as the pair try to claim the ball near the edge of the Colombia box and the latter wins a free-kick.
61 minsminute by minute
Bednarek gets a yellow card now for a cynical foul as he cuts down an attempted break from Uribe on the left wing.
60 minsminute by minute
Play is resumed after a second stoppage for Ospina to get treatment again and then Colombia hold well against a fast move from Piszczek on the right flank, pushing Poland back to halfway.