FPJ's dream XI predictions for Poland and Colombia

James Rodriguez

- 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.

Unfortunately for Poland the response was swift, with Colombia settling on the ball and going on to dominate the rest of the match.

Poland have been eliminated from the World Cup, beaten 3-0 by Colombia in Kazan.

There will be a weight of expectation on his shoulders when Colombia face Senegal in their final group game on Thursday.

Nonetheless, Colombia continued to push forward and took the lead five minutes before the break when Yerry Mina met a cross from Rodriguez to send home a strong header to make it 1-0.

The win for Colombia sees them on three points in Group H, placed third behind Japan and Senegal, who have four points each.

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.

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.

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Rodriguez has reproduced the form he showed in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but Lewandowski has once again failed to show his best form for his country at a major tournament.

"Our players did their best until the end of the game".

On loan from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez was back in Colombia's starting XI after recovering from his calf injury.

It evoked memories of the chilling murder of former Colombia player Andres Escobar, who was killed after his own goal led to defeat to the United States in the 1994 World Cup and Colombia's elimination from the tournament. Centre-back Mina rose to the challenge as he climbed highest to power a header beyond a helpless Wojciech Szczesny in the Poland goal.

Besides scoring, Mina was also excellent in containing Lewandowski throughout the match.

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.

Poland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.

"Colombia are an excellent team with an excellent coach".

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