Lewandowski's World Cup tweet to Rodriguez past year spectacularly backfires

Lewandowski's World Cup tweet to Rodriguez past year spectacularly backfires

Lewandowski's World Cup tweet to Rodriguez past year spectacularly backfires

Radamel Falcao scored his first World Cup goal as Colombia got their tournament in Russian Federation up and running with an impressive 3-0 victory that ended a lacklustre Poland side's hopes of reaching the last 16. Barcelona star Yerry Mina scored the opening goal for Colombia with a powerful header before Radamel Falcao bagged his first World Cup goal, which was followed by a brilliant finish from Cuadrado who burst his lungs to race past a couple of Polish defenders before finishing off a stunning effort.

Colombia can not afford to dwell on regrets from its loss to Japan in their World Cup opener when facing Poland in a crucial second Group H match, midfielder Abel Aguilar says.

This time around, the No. 10 comes into the clash against Poland off the back of a left calf injury and some indifferent form, but with Colombia falling 2-1 to Japan in its opening Group H game, he's in line to start, following his 30 minutes against the Asian side last Tuesday.

Nawalka's men started promisingly and caused Colombia early problems, but they failed to sustain that pressure as Juan Fernando Quintero and James Rodriguez led their opponents.

After beating Poland, Colombia has three points.

For Poland, the optimism fostered by their quarter-final spot at Euro 2016 and a strong qualifying campaign proved to be misplaced as prolific striker Robert Lewandowski drew a blank and they slumped to a second successive defeat.

"I was alone, we fought, I fought, I did everything I could, but fighting is not enough to win World Cup matches, you also have to have quality and we had too little of that".

Rodriguez bagged two assists on Sunday night but his pass to find Cuadrado for the third goal was truly a piece of artistry.

It's a reminder both of Colombia's impressive run in Brazil, with Los Cafeteros nearly knocking out the hosts in the quarterfinal, and Rodriguez's importance to the Colombian national team.

Nawalka praised Jose Pekerman's team, but said their "individual and collective analysis" of the South Americans meant Poland, despite appearing in their first World Cup in 12 years, were destined to win. "We wanted to counter and play fast, but they played better". Cuadrado collected the pass and rushed toward the box, timing his shot perfectly to beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later.

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