Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit

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In a match Colombia had to win to survive the group stages, the South Americans' patience paid off with Yerry Mina breaking the deadlock in the 40th minute with a powerful header from a superbly-curled James Rodriguez cross that gave the big Barcelona defender his maiden World Cup goal.

Radamel Falcao got his first World Cup goal in the 70th minute to double the lead for Colombia after pouncing on a through ball from Quintero, who was one of Colombia's best player throughout the game.

The 22-year-old enjoyed his first taste of World Cup action on Monday as he impressed after coming on as an 80th minute substitute in the 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

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.

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.

Senegal and Japan face each other three hours earlier and a draw in that clash will mean loss by either Colombia or Poland would result in its elimination. "But we treat Colombia as a whole team, even if they have such a great player".

"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".

When right-back Sanitago Arias found Juan Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland's defence apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he coolly beat Wojciech Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.

Poland continued to push forward and five minutes later they were caught on the break when Rodriguez rasped a pass across the field to set Cuadrado free on goal and allow the winger to claim fitting reward for a fine performance with a cool finish.

"Our players played their best until the end of the game, but we lost to a very strong team and we must accept that".

Mina's goal came late in the first half off a ideal cross from James Rodriguez.

A victory over the Africans in their final first-round match in Samara on Thursday would secure Colombia a spot in the last 16 as they target at least matching their charge to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago. "We wanted to share this victory with him".

Poland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.

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