Robert Lewandowski on Poland exit: Clearly not enough quality to contend

Robert Lewandowski on Poland exit: Clearly not enough quality to contend

Colombia brushed aside Poland 3-0 in Kazan on Sunday to boost their hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stage as captain Radamel Falcao starred with a goal and an assist. Poland forward Dawid Kownacki will be favourite after impressing against Senegal as a second-half substitute.

Colombia's win resurrects their World Cup campaign after defeat in their opener against Japan threatened an early exit.

Four years after Radamel Falcao was supposed to lead Colombia at the World Cup, he's doing just that. The striker was seen as a frustrated figure for the majority of the game against Colombia and failed to deliver the goals that could have kept Poland alive.

Poland, which has two losses, was eliminated.

Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0 in their second group encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2018, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan to take all three points.

Gareth Southgate has been full of praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of England's World Cup clash with Panama.

Colombia's players celebrate at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Colombia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 24, 2018.

"We know all about him (James) and what he can do", said Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Colombia created the first chance of the match on Sunday when James Rodriguez found himself in space on the edge of the box, but his powerfully struck shot was superbly saved by the Polish keeper.

Yerry Mina scored the first goal in the 40th minute while Juan Cuadrado completed the win in the 75th after a brilliant pass from James Rodriguez.

Bayern Munich star James then found Juan Cuadrado late on, wrapping up a comfortable win for Colombia and leaving Nawalka with hard questions to answer.

Pèkerman's men went in search of the second goal 10 minutes into the second stanza as they refused to sit back on their lead. Poland is the first European team to be knocked out of Russian Federation 2018.

Football fans have brutally reminded Robert Lewandowski of a tweet he sent to his Bayern Munich team-mate James Rodriguez in December of a year ago about the upcoming World Cup.

"I'm very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow's another day and we have to come to terms with things", he said.

- Despite failing to score against Senegal in Poland's opening match, Lewandowski has netted 21 goals in his last 16 appearances for his national team.

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