Soccer: Colombia tears through Poland's World Cup hopes

A final 3-0 defeat to Colombia means that Poland’s final Group H match against Japan on June 28 will be the last of the tournament.

Poland had everything still to play for when they began the second half 1-0 down in Kazan. While they were not able to pick up speed after a lackluster 45 minutes, Poland’s biggest hope Robert Lewandowski what was his team’s biggest chance for a goal in the 58th minute, but it was ultimately shut out by the Colombian goalie.

Colombia’s rapid-fire second and third goals came following well built-up chances. Radamel Falcao scored in the 70th minute, and Juan Cuadrado hammered the final nail in Poland’s World Cup coffin in the 75th.

The defeat means that Poland’s next – and final – match of World Cup 2018 against Japan on June 28 will be just a matter of course, a matter of saving face before returning home.

Guardian journalist Simon Burnton succinctly summarized Poland’s performance in the match: “Lewandowski nearly touched the ball. He really got quite close to it.”