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Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 In this thrillingly unpredictable World Cup, we are yet to know the identity of England’s opponents in the last 16. But of one thing we can be certain: it won’t be Poland. On the day Harry Kane electrified the competition with his trio of goals, Poland produced a hat trick of an altogether less elevated kind. For the third time in a row, for them participation is over after two games. Following this defeat against Colombia, they have done what they did in both 2002 and 2006: ensured they would be back in Warsaw before the postcards. “I am very sorry and very sad but tomorrow is another day and we have to come to terms with it,” was the Poland coach Adam Nawalka’s philosophical response. But the thing is, few can be surprised. The Polish golden generation were exposed as bogus by a rampant Colombia side, who scored three scorching goals, each fashioned with precision and finished with panache. After Japan and Senegal drew earlier in the day, both teams knew defeat here would end their chances of progressing. With David Ospina in one goal and Wojiech Szczesny in the other, this was the Arsenal reserve keeper derby, or as it might more accurately be termed, the battle of the number twos. But it was Ospina who was soon looking the happier. Driven on by an incessant noise from the thousands of yellow shirted supporters filling the Kazan Arena, Colombia quickly seized control. The bellowing every time James Rodriguez, their presiding genius, got the ball was enough to shake the stadium’s foundations. Rodriguez, who, recovering from injury, only played a bit part in the defeat to Japan was the difference here. Everything stemmed from him. Juan Cuadrado suddenly had someone to pass to him, and was soon galloping down the right, stretching Poland’s pedestrian back three. Rodriguez was cropping up everywhere across the pitch, constantly switching positions with Juan Quintero, trying to link up with Radamel Falcao. And inevitably he was at the heart of the first Colombia goal on 40 minutes. From a corner Cuadrado sent the ball back to Quintero, his pass found the Golden Boot winner in 2014 on the edge of the area. His beautiful cross was a gilt-edged invitation to Yerry Mina to power the ball into the net off his forehead. An explosion of noise rocked the stadium at that strike, as everywhere Colombian supporters bawled out their relief. It was the kind of row a shell-shocked Szczesny can hardly recall from his time at the Emirates. If Rodriguez had come to the party in style, how Poland now needed their own Bayern superstar to do the same. But Robert Lewandowski, so prolific in qualification, spent the match as he had Euro 2016, drifting ever deeper into irrelevance. The two shots he had on target, Ospina comfortably saved. And things went from bad to worse for the Poles when Falcao belted through the cumbersome Polish backline to pick up Quintero’s astute pass. He then curled the ball beyond Szczesny. The way he glided into the Poland area, it was as if his injury-bedevilled spells at Manchester United and Chelsea were but an illusion. Cuadrado then added humiliation to elimination with a glorious third, finishing off Rodriguez’s perfect pass. He didn’t look it, but the lugubrious Colombian coach Jose Pekerman, sporting a fine combination of tailored suit and trainers, must have been delighted by the way his team responded to that opening defeat to Japan. Now they are up and running. If they are to be England’s first knock-out opponents, suddenly the passage through the competition looks a whole lot more testing. 9:38PM Rodriguez has posted a dressing room selfie "We keep going, lads," he says. Seguimos juntos muchachos ������������ pic.twitter.com/oJFfh928zX— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) June 24, 2018 9:37PM Where do Poland go from here? Poland have been really poor at this World Cup, which is a real shame. For the first half an hour tonight they looked bright and pressed hard, but couldn't create anything concrete. They will play Japan on Thursday and will surely want to show some resolve. If they do win, that throws this group, and England's potential opposition, wide open. 9:26PM Rodriguez has spotted the path to the knockouts Just Senegal to beat and then they're there. It's that way Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva 9:19PM More hugs and kisses As Mateus Uribe hugs a loved one, this rather scary looking figure cheers him on. He's behind you! Credit: Patrick Smith - FIFA 9:15PM Colombia dominated the midfield Here is the average position of each player. Colombia controlled the middle of the park and unpicked the Polish defence from there. Average touch positions (0 min) 9:12PM Would you rather.... Play against Japan or Colombia (or Senegal) if you were England? I think Colombia will beat Senegal and finish the group with six points. They looked brilliant there and play very differently to England. Their forward line is relentless and they are well balanced by Barrios and Aguilar (Uribe when he came on). England's three at the back will be very busy if they come up against Falcao and friends. 9:06PM Poor Lewandowski Bayern Munich team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace after the final whistle. Lewandowski must wish he had been supported by the nippy Colombian tonight. He is 29, so may have another World Cup in him, but he has failed to find the net when Poland needed it most. Anything against Japan would just be a consolation. Bayern team mates Lewandowski and Rodriguez embrace at full time Credit: AFP / Jewel Samad 9:03PM What that all means.... japan top group H on four points, equal with Senegal. Colombia's win gives them three. Poland are heading home with no points in two games. If Japan lose and Senegal and Colombia draw, they will both go through. If Japan win, whoever wins out of Senegal and Colombia will join them in the last 16. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 Robert Lewandowski's Poland were sent crashing out of the World Cup after a 3-0 hammering at the hands of a rejuvenated Colombia. Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado in Group H ensured the South Americans are still in with a shout of qualfying for the knockout stages. Both sides knew defeat would spell the end of their World Cup hopes, but it was Colombia who made all the running and deserved the lead given to them in the 40th minute by Mina, who rose to head home a clever cross by James Rodriguez following a well-worked short corner . It meant Colombia led 1-0 at half-time with Poland, beaten 2-1 by Senegal in their first game, offering little and Lewandowski anonymous. On 70 minutes Colombia deservedly doubled their advantage. Juan Fernando Quintero split the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. It was the former Man Utd and Chelsea's striker's first goal at a World Cup. With a two-goal deficit, Poland were forced to commit men forward and were made to pay on the counterattack. Rodriguez, positioned on the touchline at the half-way line, powered a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado, who had the pace to beat Michal Pazdan and Jan Bednarak and sprint through on goal. His finish was cool and calm, passing it past Wojciech Szczesny's left-hand glove. Colombia now sit third in the group on three points, with Senegal left to play for a place in the next round. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland limp out of World Cup at the hands of Colombia as Robert Lewandowski fails to light up Russia
Group standings and permutations You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 Robert Lewandowski's Poland were sent crashing out of the World Cup after a 3-0 hammering at the hands of a rejuvenated Colombia. Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado in Group H ensured the South Americans are still in with a shout of qualfying for the knockout stages. Both sides knew defeat would spell the end of their World Cup hopes, but it was Colombia who made all the running and deserved the lead given to them in the 40th minute by Mina, who rose to head home a clever cross by James Rodriguez following a well-worked short corner . It meant Colombia led 1-0 at half-time with Poland, beaten 2-1 by Senegal in their first game, offering little and Lewandowski anonymous. On 70 minutes Colombia deservedly doubled their advantage. Juan Fernando Quintero split the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. It was the former Man Utd and Chelsea's striker's first goal at a World Cup. With a two-goal deficit, Poland were forced to commit men forward and were made to pay on the counterattack. Rodriguez, positioned on the touchline at the half-way line, powered a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado, who had the pace to beat Michal Pazdan and Jan Bednarak and sprint through on goal. His finish was cool and calm, passing it past Wojciech Szczesny's left-hand glove. Colombia now sit third in the group on three points, with Senegal left to play for a place in the next round. 8:55PM Full time Poland are out. Colombia have a showdown with Senegal. This group is wide open now and England will have their work cut out if they meet in the last 16. 8:54PM 90 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Lewandowski has the ball in a promising position but has his pocket picked by Sanchez. Poland are going out with a whimper here, as Rodriguez makes another break. 8:52PM 90 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 3 This shows how dangerous they have been on the right. Poland simply couldn't contain them. Colombia crosses 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There will be five minutes added on. Colombia still pushing, this time Bacca takes the shot. 8:50PM 90 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Colombia have peppered the Poland goal tonight. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:48PM 88 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 What a save!!! Lewandowski lets fly from 25 yards out and it flies at Ospina. The Columbian palms it over the bar and out for a corner. 8:47PM 87 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Here are the second and third goals: GOAALLL!! Falcao doubles Colombia's lead with a fine low finish off the outside of his boot!#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/jEFLDH3T9t— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 GOAALLL! Juan Cuadrado bursts free and finishes Colombia's third goal against Poland after a brilliant through pass from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/14M5BqmMln— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 8:45PM 85 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriguez is fouled nastily by Goralski, who picks up a yellow. Rodriguez takes the free kick but it is woeful. He tries to catch Szczesny at his near post but hits it well wide. 8:44PM 83 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 James Rodriguez turns on the flair and plays a cross field pass with the outside of his boot. The ball is crossed into the area by Cuadrado and Uribe finds himself with the ball at his feet three yards out. He backheels it, but the keeper smothers it. 8:42PM 81 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 There is a scramble in the Colombian penalty box, but the shot is blocked from Krychowiak at the end. 8:41PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Poor Lewandowski. He is tackles brilliantly by Yerry Mina. Kamil Glik comes on to replace Pazdan. He'll play at centre back.... that's strange.... Poland need three goals. 8:39PM 79 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 The cross field ball from Rodriguez was brilliant. He was under pressure from two Polish midfielders too. Poland 0 - 3 Colombia (Juan Cuadrado, 75 min) 8:37PM 77 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Falcao comes off and is replaced by AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The stadium erupts again. Their hero has done it. Colombia live to fight another day. 8:36PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 3 Rodriuez is on the touchline at the half way line and powers a pass across the pitch to Cuadrado. He has the pace to beat Pazdan and Bednarak and sprints through on goal. His finish is cool and calm, passing it past Szczesny's left glove. That ball from Rodriguez was fantastic. 8:35PM GOOOAAAAALLLL COLOMBIA Cuadrado - but what a ball from Rodriguez. Phwoar.... 8:34PM 74 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Here is that Falcao goal in graphic form. Poland 0 - 2 Colombia (Radamel Falcao, 70 min) 8:33PM 71 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Colombia have got some brilliant midfielders here. Quintero, Cuadrado and Rodriguez are all playing brilliantly. With Falcao up top they will be a force to be reckoned with. Quintero is replaced by Lerma for Colombia and Poland replace Bereszynski with Lukasz Teodorczyk. 8:30PM 69 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 2 Quintero splits the defence with a sublime pass and Falcao just had the keeper to beat. He did so with the outside with his right boot. That's Falcao's first goal at a World Cup and the stadium is going bonkers. Poland are heading home. 8:29PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA This is beautiful. Falcao with the finish. 8:28PM 68 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The ball finds Krchowiak, who squares it across goal. The ball breaks wide but eventually goes out for a goal kick. 8:27PM 67 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland have a free kick after Barrios fouls Goralski. Poland have a chance to put this in the box for Lewandowski. 8:26PM 66 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia keep creating chances but can't get another. Falcao with a header is the closest this time. 8:23PM 63 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez and Cuadrado are having a lot of fun on the right hand side. Poland have Rybus and Pazdan as left midfield and left back, but are losing 'piggy in the middle' every single time. 8:21PM 61 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland not getting enough shots off at the moment. Poland vs Colombia shots on goal 8:20PM 60 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Mojica and Mina play some fancy passes and clear it. The ball goes upfield and Southampton's Bednarek hauls down Uribe. Yellow card. 8:19PM 58 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Lewandowski has his first chance. A long ball is perfectly controlled by Lewandowski's left foot, he shoots but Ospina smothers the ball. That's better from Poland. 8:18PM 57 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Poland make their first change. Their left winger Kownacki is replaced by Hull City's Kamil Grosiki. 8:17PM 55 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Rodriguez plays a great ball to Quintero who finds himself in the area. His shot is blocked for a corner....which is headed away and blasted back over the bar by Cuadrado. 8:15PM 53 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The game has quietened down a little bit, even if the fans haven't. Both teams moving the ball around in midfield. How are you England fans feeling about this? Colombia look pretty good. Can Harry Maguire deal with Radamel Falcao? 8:12PM 51 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia break down the right again with Cuadrado. He finds James Rodriguez who shoots at Szczesny. 8:11PM 50 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Quintero drags a shot wide from about 30 yards. He saw an opening and went for it. The goal kick is recovered by Colombia and Cuadrado races forwards. He squares it to Falcao, who blasts over. 8:09PM 48 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Bereszynski cuts it back towards Lewandowski, but the ball is intercepted. Lewandowski had 16 goals in 10 games in the qualifiers, but has barely touched the ball in the World Cup so far. 8:07PM 47 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao dances down the right again, leaving Rybus on the floor, but the cross comes to nothing. 8:06PM Peep Peep We are go. Colombia kicking right to left and looking busy already. 8:04PM What do both teams need to do in the second half? Colombia have looked great so far. They faced a lot of early pressure, but dealt with it well. Poland haven't had a real clear cut chance. Up front, they need to keep pushing down the right. Presumably Poland will try to fill that hole, but the Colombian midfield has much more control of this game. Poland need to bring Lewandowski into the game more. It's criminal that one of the best strikers in the world can't get on the ball. Krychowiak is getting overrun in midfield and needs more support from Goralski. It's been a very open game so far, but Poland need to sore, or they are going home. 8:01PM Colombia are no Bristol City This is the effort from Colombia's social media team. If they get through to the last 16, they need to order some props. If they need some inflatable unicorns, the England squad is who they'll need to call. ¡Gol de Colombia! ⚽ ⏱: 39’ Anota Yerry Mina de cabeza. ������ Colombia���� 1 - Polonia���� 0#POLCOL#MiCorazónTricolor#Rusia2018pic.twitter.com/M6KpIM9un1— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 24, 2018 7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland vs Colombia, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
7:52PM Here's the goal in full HD GOAALLL! Yerry Mina heads Colombia ahead against Poland after a great cross from James Rodriguez.#WorldCup#COL#POLCOLpic.twitter.com/FGJn3TnG7f— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 24, 2018 7:51PM Half Time Poland started very brightly, but couldn't find a killer finish. Colombia, backed by tens of thousands of fans, grew into the game and have had a lot of joy on the right hand side. Cuadrado, in particular has looked brilliant. That goal was a training ground treat, albeit not as good as England's earlier. 7:49PM 45 mins + 4 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 The corner is headed out, headed back in, and then punched away by Ospina. Colombia look to break up the right hand side again but lose the ball in midfield. And that's half time! 7:48PM 45 mins + 2 - Poland 0 Colombia 1 That goal by Yerry Mina means that we have had 32 games without a nil-nil draw in this World Cup. Goals Goals Goals. We love them! Although Poland need at least one, or they're going home. They have a corner. 7:46PM 45 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Falcao brought down by Pazdan, who is lucky to escape a yellow. The delivery from Arias is poor, but Colombia are strong down their right hand side. Four minutes added on. 7:43PM 43 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Here is that goal in graphic form: Poland 0 - 1 Colombia (Yerry Mina, 40 min) 7:42PM 42 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Colombia on the front foot now. Their fans are going beserk and they look a lot more assured on the ball. Happy to just play it around the midfield. 7:41PM 40 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Proper training ground corner, that. Short corner from Cuadrado to Quintero. He draws out the defender, who leaves Rodriguez free. He gets the ball and crosses it into Mina who powers past Szczesny. It sounds like downtown Bogota in there. 7:40PM GOOOOOOAL COLOMBIA 39 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 1 Cuadrado forces another corner and it is played to Rodriguez. He crosses it in and finds Yerry Mina, who heads in. Great corner, great goal. 7:38PM 37 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 But that doesn't matter when Colombia attack too. Cuadrado forces a point-blank save from Szczesny and the ball goes out for a corner. Rodriguez asks the crowd to make some noise, and they respond very very loudly. The corner is cleared. Bot teams going for it here, and playing well too. 7:36PM 35 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland are playing much better than in their game against Senegal. They simply didn't look interested last time. With three changes at the top of the pitch, they look miles better. 7:35PM 34 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Cuadrado lumps it forwards to Falcao, but the Monaco striker is stuck out wide with no-one in the box. He eventually finds Cuadrado who fires a wayward shot out for a goal kick. 7:33PM 33 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia force a corner after more pressure. Quintero with a beautiful ball off the outside of his boot. Quintero to take the corner. 7:32PM 32 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Aguilar heads down the tunnel on a stretcher... Uribe comes on in his place. Uribe plays for Club America, in Mexico. 7:30PM 29 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Piszczek goes down after a high boot from James Rodriguez and there is a halt in play. Aguilar is also down. he looks in pain and Uribe is getting ready to come on. 7:28PM 28 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia's fans are still booing every Poland posession. Wild cheers as the ball is turned over. Cuadrado crosses for Falcao but the ball is headed away by Bednarek. 7:25PM 25 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Rodriguez gets clattered by Pazdan as he plays a through ball to Falcao. The number 9 then tried to play in Cuadrado but it's intercepted and out for a corner. 7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland vs Colombia, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
7:24PM 23 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 After a couple of fouls in midfield, Colombia break again and Cuadrado tries to feed Quintero, but it doesn't come off. Poland recover and storm up the other end. They win a corner off Barrios, but it is cleared. End-to-end stuff, this! 7:21PM 21 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break from the cleared throw in. Quintero plays an acute reverse through ball to Aguilar, but he isn't on the same page and it goes through to the keeper. 7:20PM 19 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 The ball is headed out for a throw in. Poland really piling on the pressure but haven't had a clear shot on goal yet. They win another throw in. It's Rory Delap territory....and Piszczek fancies himself as a Polish Delap... 7:18PM 18 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Zelinski shoots from distance, but it is deflected out for a Poland Corner. Rybus to take. 7:18PM 17 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Tottenham's Davison Sanchez takes down Lewandowski in the centre of the pitch. Ally McCoist says "I want him yellow carded." The referee doesn't listen, and just gives Sanchez a talking to. 7:16PM 15 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia break forward again and Mojica crosses to Rodriguez, but the Bayern Munich player can't quite connect with the volley. It goes out for a Poland throw in - the Colombian fans boo. 7:14PM 14 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Poland certainly on top as far as this touch map shows. Most of the game being played in the Colombia half. Average touch positions (5 min) 7:11PM 10 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia win a throw in and the crowd go mad. These Colombian fans are making an incredible noise. They are booing every Poland attack. They are like human vuvuzelas, but far more tuneful. 7:09PM 8 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Colombia have their first attack. Falcao and Rodriguez combine, but the shot is comfortable for Szczesny. It's a lively start in Kazan. 7:08PM 7 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Yerry Mina has his hand trodden on by Robert Lewandowski. It looked painful, but not deliberate. 7:05PM 5 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Pazdan goes down under a challenge and rolls around for a little bit. He's fine. Poland attack again and Bereszynski heads goalwards. Kownacki appears to trip David Ospina as he collects the ball and the medics have come on to the pitch. Ospina looks in discomfort. 7:03PM 2 mins - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
7:03PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Poland vs Colombia, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
7:03PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Another Poland corner, this time played short, is intercepted at the near post. Mojica has taken a football to the nether regions and looks in pain. He'll carry on though... 7:02PM 1 min - Poland 0 Colombia 0 Early pressure from Poland sees them win a corner. The ball flies through everyone and eventually is cleared by James Rodriguez. It is noisy in Kazan. The Colombia fans are on great form. 7:01PM Kick Off It's 9pm in Kazan and still 27 degrees. Colombia will be used to this, but Poland may be used to colder climes. Poland, playing in white shirts and red shorts are kicking right to left, against an all-blue Colombia. 6:57PM It's anthem time Seven nation army plays the two teams out. No 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' in Kazan. Poland sing first, with the Mazurek Dąbrowskiego. Colombia, meanwhile belt out the Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia. 6:41PM Those teams again... Poland look to be playing a 3-4-3 formation, while Colombia are playing 4 at the back, two defensive midfielders, three attackers and Falcao at the top. (Or 4-2-3-1). 20 minutes to go... The match is live on ITV, but I recommend you stay up to date with the game here. You can tweet me directly @jamieojohnson Meanwhile, in Kazan... The teams are confirmed for #POLCOL! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/dfEqnWm3ei— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018 6:29PM Colombia are winning the World Cup of headgear So says our man in Kazan, Jim White has been taking snaps of Colomian fans' headgear. The good, the bad and the Irish. Mohawk for this man Credit: Jim White I feel sorry for the person sat behind this chap Credit: Jim White Luck of the Irish for Colombia today? Credit: Jim White This is just downright scary Credit: Jim White 6:16PM Four changes for both sides For Colombia, Yerry Mina has come in for Oscar Murillo in the centre of defence, meanwhile Aguilar, Barrios and James start in midfield. Sanchez, who was red carded against Japan is suspended, and Lerma and Izquierdo have been dropped. For Poland, Bednarek comes into central defence, replacing Cionek, and Bereszynski, Goralski and Kownacki, also start, in place of Blaszczykowski, Milik and Grosicki. 6:06PM The teams are in! Poland XI: Szczesny, Pizsczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Goralski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Zielinski, Kownacki, Lewandowski Colombia XI: Ospina, Arias, D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, James, Quintero, Falcao 5:58PM Harry Kane looks happy Nothing to do with Poland vs Colombia, but Harry Kane looks chuffed. We're going to win the World Cup. Love this team. Proud of a first World Cup hat-trick. We keep going. ��⚽⚽⚽ #WorldCup#ThreeLions ������ pic.twitter.com/c3UDUqL9EN— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 24, 2018 5:51PM It's all over between Senegal and Japan 2-2 it has finished, throwing this group wide open. Both of them have 4 points, while Colombia and Poland start today both on 0. If either team wins tonight, the other will be out. And lets not forget why this matters... England will play either the first or second placed team in this group, so time to start taking notes. 5:45PM Falcao is up for this one The Colombian forward has tweeted a video in which he says he wants to turn defeat into victory. Kindly, the words are also written in English. Muchas gracias, Radamel. Podemos hacerlo. Que el aliento de millones de colombianos llegue hasta el estadio. ¡Vamos Colombia! ¡Vamos que se puede! #ConLaFeIntacta#Colpic.twitter.com/h7EEgT3FFn— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) June 24, 2018 5:37PM Good afternoon, football fans. Well goodness me, what a game we've had today. Senegal and Japan are drawing 2-2 - and there's still 10 minutes to go! The 1 o'clock kick-off was pretty good too. But we're here for Poland versus Colombia - a tie that should have been a top-of-the-group clash, but after shock first round results, both teams are fighting for their World Cup lives. So if you're having a beer-induced afternoon snooze, this is worth waking up for. Poland haven't been to the World Cup since 2006, and looked nervous against Senegal. For 85 minutes they didn't particularly engage in the game and frontman Robert Lewandowski just couldn't get into the game. Poland are ranked the 8th best team in the world by Fifa (Colombia are 16th) so today they must step up and justify that ranking. In Colombia's loss to Japan, disaster struck after just three minutes, when Carlos Sanchez Moreno was sent off for a hand ball. Despite drawing level, they could not see a way through and lost 2-1. James Rodriguez, the World Cup golden boot winner in 2014 started on the bench, as did AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Rodriguez should start today. Colombia's 'problem' is akin to that of Argentina. They have a lot of firepower, but not a lot of balance. Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and James Rodriguez can all tear teams apart on their day, but haven't performed well enough so far. The match kicks off at 7pm and will take place in the Kazan Arena. Teams news and updates to follow shortly. For now, why not follow the action in the other Group H game here.
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia look forward after 'unpleasant' Swiss game
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia look forward after 'unpleasant' Swiss game
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia look forward after 'unpleasant' Swiss game
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia look forward after 'unpleasant' Swiss game
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia look forward after 'unpleasant' Swiss game
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
Serbia look forward after 'unpleasant' Swiss game
Serbia’s Dusan Tadic and assistant coach Milan Rastavac refused to comment on controversial goal celebrations by Swiss players during Friday’s World Cup defeat in Kaliningrad.
What with Tommy Fleetwood’s flirtation with history and Phil Mickelson’s entanglement with infamy it was all too easy to overlook who came sixth in the US Open. But for Tyrrell Hatton, the performance at Shinnecock Hills could prove to be one of the most important of his career and certainly of this season. The Englishman went in with an alarming sense of deja vu. A fine opening to 2018 had given way to four missed cuts in his previous starts and for Hatton that was eerily familiar to last year’s campaign, which, again after a promising opening, saw him plummet out of the world’s top 30 with six missed cuts in seven. “To be honest, it was similar, yes, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried,” Hatton said. “Just like in 2017, a wrist issue had flared up and required a steroid injection. It meant I went into tournaments such as Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] rusty and I got on a run of missed cuts or finishes outside the top 40. It became a habit for a while last year and obviously I wanted to break the cycle. The week at home I had before Shinnecock was crucial.” In truth, Hatton has never been a prolific visitor to the range. In this regard, the 26-year-old reminds of Colin Montgomerie, as, like the great Scot, he prefers to keep his swing free and his mind uncluttered of technical thoughts. “I just played a lot of rounds in that seven days and found my rhythm again. I went over believing I could turn a corner.” As well as a fresh attitude, there was a new man on the bag. Hatton’s decision last month to split with Jonathan Bell was curious, if only because the long-time friends enjoyed such success in their nine months together. Indeed, Bell’s calming influence was viewed as key in arresting the slide of the at times combustible Hatton. The pair lifted back-to-back titles in Fife and Milan after just two events together. Brooks Koepka of the United States went on to win the U.S. Open last Sunday Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images “When JB and I got together it was only ever meant to be temporary and not permanent,” Hatton explained. “JB still had his own ambitions to play on Tour and it was like we were just helping each other out. But everything started that well, we just carried on. It was when things began to get tough that I thought it put a strain on our relationship and, with our friendship in mind, parting ways was the right thing to do. JB did a great job, but I’ve been impressed with Punk.” “Punk” is Mark Crane, who used to caddie for Chris Wood. Course management is everything at the US Open, especially on a course as severe as Shinnecock, and Crane helped Hatton retain his patience and faith in the game-plan. But for a hotter week with the putter, Hatton, the world No 23, would surely have bettered his fifth place at the 2016 Open, his best finish in a major thus far. “Apart from one on the ninth on Sunday, I didn’t really hole anything all week and I was only five shots off the winning score – so I have to be positive,” he said. “Playing the back nine in level par on Saturday was the highlight, as some of those pins were well dodgy. “I played with Patrick Reed and, on the 15th, he was standing by the pin when I chipped up. Patrick told me my ball actually stopped a foot away – but then it started to roll and roll, all the way off the green. Ridiculous, really. But I left Shinnecock with confidence renewed and looking forward to this stretch in Europe coming up. I didn’t do myself justice in this run last year, which was a big shame as I think it suits me.” Hatton only lasted two rounds at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens, before also going home early at The Open proper. “Four depressing weeks,” is how he remembers it and even allowing for the wrist complaint, they were mystifying, too. With his two wins in the Dunhill Links as well as runner-up in the Scottish Open two years ago, which led on to that breakthrough display at Royal Troon, Hatton has proven thrillingly adept at seaside golf. The city of Augusta's hidden side Le Golf National is nowhere near the ocean, but it does have a decidedly links feel to it and the fact the Versailles layout plays host to the Ryder Cup in September will afford the Hatton pulse yet another reason to soar when he tees it up in Thursday’s first round of the French Open. The points Hatton earned at Shinnecock cemented his position at the top of the European standings and he is all but certain to make his debut. “Yeah, my place is looking more and more secure, but I won’t be taking anything for granted until I hear my name in the team in August. “All these big tournaments coming up make it easy to keep the Ryder Cup in the back of my mind. I like the French and feel I could have a big week there, while I shot a 65 at Gullane in the last round there in 2015 [the last time it hosted the Scottish Open].” And Carnoustie for the Open in three weeks’ time? As one of the three host courses for he Dunhill Links, Hatton goes to the beast of Angus chasing an unprecedented hat-trick. “I shot 65 there the last time I played it and, go on then, I suppose I would take four 65s if you offered them!” he said. “Look, Carnoustie’s going to be an entirely different test, much less forgiving, but I do go back there with good vibes.” Tyrrell Hatton plays a shot from the bunker during the second round of the U.S. Open Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images As does British golf. as a whole. “There were five of us in the top 12 at the US Open, that’s pretty good isn’t it?” he said. “And Tommy has to be one of the favourites for Carnoustie. I saw him in the locker room after that 65 on Sunday and we had a chat. “I told him my fingers were tightly crossed and I really thought he might have done enough. Brooks [Koepka] played incredibly down the stretch to beat him by one, but Tommy’s only 27 and has years in front of him to knock off one or more majors. Just like me, really.”
Tyrrell Hatton eyes Carnoustie after turning corner at US Open
What with Tommy Fleetwood’s flirtation with history and Phil Mickelson’s entanglement with infamy it was all too easy to overlook who came sixth in the US Open. But for Tyrrell Hatton, the performance at Shinnecock Hills could prove to be one of the most important of his career and certainly of this season. The Englishman went in with an alarming sense of deja vu. A fine opening to 2018 had given way to four missed cuts in his previous starts and for Hatton that was eerily familiar to last year’s campaign, which, again after a promising opening, saw him plummet out of the world’s top 30 with six missed cuts in seven. “To be honest, it was similar, yes, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried,” Hatton said. “Just like in 2017, a wrist issue had flared up and required a steroid injection. It meant I went into tournaments such as Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] rusty and I got on a run of missed cuts or finishes outside the top 40. It became a habit for a while last year and obviously I wanted to break the cycle. The week at home I had before Shinnecock was crucial.” In truth, Hatton has never been a prolific visitor to the range. In this regard, the 26-year-old reminds of Colin Montgomerie, as, like the great Scot, he prefers to keep his swing free and his mind uncluttered of technical thoughts. “I just played a lot of rounds in that seven days and found my rhythm again. I went over believing I could turn a corner.” As well as a fresh attitude, there was a new man on the bag. Hatton’s decision last month to split with Jonathan Bell was curious, if only because the long-time friends enjoyed such success in their nine months together. Indeed, Bell’s calming influence was viewed as key in arresting the slide of the at times combustible Hatton. The pair lifted back-to-back titles in Fife and Milan after just two events together. Brooks Koepka of the United States went on to win the U.S. Open last Sunday Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images “When JB and I got together it was only ever meant to be temporary and not permanent,” Hatton explained. “JB still had his own ambitions to play on Tour and it was like we were just helping each other out. But everything started that well, we just carried on. It was when things began to get tough that I thought it put a strain on our relationship and, with our friendship in mind, parting ways was the right thing to do. JB did a great job, but I’ve been impressed with Punk.” “Punk” is Mark Crane, who used to caddie for Chris Wood. Course management is everything at the US Open, especially on a course as severe as Shinnecock, and Crane helped Hatton retain his patience and faith in the game-plan. But for a hotter week with the putter, Hatton, the world No 23, would surely have bettered his fifth place at the 2016 Open, his best finish in a major thus far. “Apart from one on the ninth on Sunday, I didn’t really hole anything all week and I was only five shots off the winning score – so I have to be positive,” he said. “Playing the back nine in level par on Saturday was the highlight, as some of those pins were well dodgy. “I played with Patrick Reed and, on the 15th, he was standing by the pin when I chipped up. Patrick told me my ball actually stopped a foot away – but then it started to roll and roll, all the way off the green. Ridiculous, really. But I left Shinnecock with confidence renewed and looking forward to this stretch in Europe coming up. I didn’t do myself justice in this run last year, which was a big shame as I think it suits me.” Hatton only lasted two rounds at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens, before also going home early at The Open proper. “Four depressing weeks,” is how he remembers it and even allowing for the wrist complaint, they were mystifying, too. With his two wins in the Dunhill Links as well as runner-up in the Scottish Open two years ago, which led on to that breakthrough display at Royal Troon, Hatton has proven thrillingly adept at seaside golf. The city of Augusta's hidden side Le Golf National is nowhere near the ocean, but it does have a decidedly links feel to it and the fact the Versailles layout plays host to the Ryder Cup in September will afford the Hatton pulse yet another reason to soar when he tees it up in Thursday’s first round of the French Open. The points Hatton earned at Shinnecock cemented his position at the top of the European standings and he is all but certain to make his debut. “Yeah, my place is looking more and more secure, but I won’t be taking anything for granted until I hear my name in the team in August. “All these big tournaments coming up make it easy to keep the Ryder Cup in the back of my mind. I like the French and feel I could have a big week there, while I shot a 65 at Gullane in the last round there in 2015 [the last time it hosted the Scottish Open].” And Carnoustie for the Open in three weeks’ time? As one of the three host courses for he Dunhill Links, Hatton goes to the beast of Angus chasing an unprecedented hat-trick. “I shot 65 there the last time I played it and, go on then, I suppose I would take four 65s if you offered them!” he said. “Look, Carnoustie’s going to be an entirely different test, much less forgiving, but I do go back there with good vibes.” Tyrrell Hatton plays a shot from the bunker during the second round of the U.S. Open Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images As does British golf. as a whole. “There were five of us in the top 12 at the US Open, that’s pretty good isn’t it?” he said. “And Tommy has to be one of the favourites for Carnoustie. I saw him in the locker room after that 65 on Sunday and we had a chat. “I told him my fingers were tightly crossed and I really thought he might have done enough. Brooks [Koepka] played incredibly down the stretch to beat him by one, but Tommy’s only 27 and has years in front of him to knock off one or more majors. Just like me, really.”
What with Tommy Fleetwood’s flirtation with history and Phil Mickelson’s entanglement with infamy it was all too easy to overlook who came sixth in the US Open. But for Tyrrell Hatton, the performance at Shinnecock Hills could prove to be one of the most important of his career and certainly of this season. The Englishman went in with an alarming sense of deja vu. A fine opening to 2018 had given way to four missed cuts in his previous starts and for Hatton that was eerily familiar to last year’s campaign, which, again after a promising opening, saw him plummet out of the world’s top 30 with six missed cuts in seven. “To be honest, it was similar, yes, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried,” Hatton said. “Just like in 2017, a wrist issue had flared up and required a steroid injection. It meant I went into tournaments such as Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] rusty and I got on a run of missed cuts or finishes outside the top 40. It became a habit for a while last year and obviously I wanted to break the cycle. The week at home I had before Shinnecock was crucial.” In truth, Hatton has never been a prolific visitor to the range. In this regard, the 26-year-old reminds of Colin Montgomerie, as, like the great Scot, he prefers to keep his swing free and his mind uncluttered of technical thoughts. “I just played a lot of rounds in that seven days and found my rhythm again. I went over believing I could turn a corner.” As well as a fresh attitude, there was a new man on the bag. Hatton’s decision last month to split with Jonathan Bell was curious, if only because the long-time friends enjoyed such success in their nine months together. Indeed, Bell’s calming influence was viewed as key in arresting the slide of the at times combustible Hatton. The pair lifted back-to-back titles in Fife and Milan after just two events together. Brooks Koepka of the United States went on to win the U.S. Open last Sunday Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images “When JB and I got together it was only ever meant to be temporary and not permanent,” Hatton explained. “JB still had his own ambitions to play on Tour and it was like we were just helping each other out. But everything started that well, we just carried on. It was when things began to get tough that I thought it put a strain on our relationship and, with our friendship in mind, parting ways was the right thing to do. JB did a great job, but I’ve been impressed with Punk.” “Punk” is Mark Crane, who used to caddie for Chris Wood. Course management is everything at the US Open, especially on a course as severe as Shinnecock, and Crane helped Hatton retain his patience and faith in the game-plan. But for a hotter week with the putter, Hatton, the world No 23, would surely have bettered his fifth place at the 2016 Open, his best finish in a major thus far. “Apart from one on the ninth on Sunday, I didn’t really hole anything all week and I was only five shots off the winning score – so I have to be positive,” he said. “Playing the back nine in level par on Saturday was the highlight, as some of those pins were well dodgy. “I played with Patrick Reed and, on the 15th, he was standing by the pin when I chipped up. Patrick told me my ball actually stopped a foot away – but then it started to roll and roll, all the way off the green. Ridiculous, really. But I left Shinnecock with confidence renewed and looking forward to this stretch in Europe coming up. I didn’t do myself justice in this run last year, which was a big shame as I think it suits me.” Hatton only lasted two rounds at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens, before also going home early at The Open proper. “Four depressing weeks,” is how he remembers it and even allowing for the wrist complaint, they were mystifying, too. With his two wins in the Dunhill Links as well as runner-up in the Scottish Open two years ago, which led on to that breakthrough display at Royal Troon, Hatton has proven thrillingly adept at seaside golf. The city of Augusta's hidden side Le Golf National is nowhere near the ocean, but it does have a decidedly links feel to it and the fact the Versailles layout plays host to the Ryder Cup in September will afford the Hatton pulse yet another reason to soar when he tees it up in Thursday’s first round of the French Open. The points Hatton earned at Shinnecock cemented his position at the top of the European standings and he is all but certain to make his debut. “Yeah, my place is looking more and more secure, but I won’t be taking anything for granted until I hear my name in the team in August. “All these big tournaments coming up make it easy to keep the Ryder Cup in the back of my mind. I like the French and feel I could have a big week there, while I shot a 65 at Gullane in the last round there in 2015 [the last time it hosted the Scottish Open].” And Carnoustie for the Open in three weeks’ time? As one of the three host courses for he Dunhill Links, Hatton goes to the beast of Angus chasing an unprecedented hat-trick. “I shot 65 there the last time I played it and, go on then, I suppose I would take four 65s if you offered them!” he said. “Look, Carnoustie’s going to be an entirely different test, much less forgiving, but I do go back there with good vibes.” Tyrrell Hatton plays a shot from the bunker during the second round of the U.S. Open Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images As does British golf. as a whole. “There were five of us in the top 12 at the US Open, that’s pretty good isn’t it?” he said. “And Tommy has to be one of the favourites for Carnoustie. I saw him in the locker room after that 65 on Sunday and we had a chat. “I told him my fingers were tightly crossed and I really thought he might have done enough. Brooks [Koepka] played incredibly down the stretch to beat him by one, but Tommy’s only 27 and has years in front of him to knock off one or more majors. Just like me, really.”
Tyrrell Hatton eyes Carnoustie after turning corner at US Open
What with Tommy Fleetwood’s flirtation with history and Phil Mickelson’s entanglement with infamy it was all too easy to overlook who came sixth in the US Open. But for Tyrrell Hatton, the performance at Shinnecock Hills could prove to be one of the most important of his career and certainly of this season. The Englishman went in with an alarming sense of deja vu. A fine opening to 2018 had given way to four missed cuts in his previous starts and for Hatton that was eerily familiar to last year’s campaign, which, again after a promising opening, saw him plummet out of the world’s top 30 with six missed cuts in seven. “To be honest, it was similar, yes, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried,” Hatton said. “Just like in 2017, a wrist issue had flared up and required a steroid injection. It meant I went into tournaments such as Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] rusty and I got on a run of missed cuts or finishes outside the top 40. It became a habit for a while last year and obviously I wanted to break the cycle. The week at home I had before Shinnecock was crucial.” In truth, Hatton has never been a prolific visitor to the range. In this regard, the 26-year-old reminds of Colin Montgomerie, as, like the great Scot, he prefers to keep his swing free and his mind uncluttered of technical thoughts. “I just played a lot of rounds in that seven days and found my rhythm again. I went over believing I could turn a corner.” As well as a fresh attitude, there was a new man on the bag. Hatton’s decision last month to split with Jonathan Bell was curious, if only because the long-time friends enjoyed such success in their nine months together. Indeed, Bell’s calming influence was viewed as key in arresting the slide of the at times combustible Hatton. The pair lifted back-to-back titles in Fife and Milan after just two events together. Brooks Koepka of the United States went on to win the U.S. Open last Sunday Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images “When JB and I got together it was only ever meant to be temporary and not permanent,” Hatton explained. “JB still had his own ambitions to play on Tour and it was like we were just helping each other out. But everything started that well, we just carried on. It was when things began to get tough that I thought it put a strain on our relationship and, with our friendship in mind, parting ways was the right thing to do. JB did a great job, but I’ve been impressed with Punk.” “Punk” is Mark Crane, who used to caddie for Chris Wood. Course management is everything at the US Open, especially on a course as severe as Shinnecock, and Crane helped Hatton retain his patience and faith in the game-plan. But for a hotter week with the putter, Hatton, the world No 23, would surely have bettered his fifth place at the 2016 Open, his best finish in a major thus far. “Apart from one on the ninth on Sunday, I didn’t really hole anything all week and I was only five shots off the winning score – so I have to be positive,” he said. “Playing the back nine in level par on Saturday was the highlight, as some of those pins were well dodgy. “I played with Patrick Reed and, on the 15th, he was standing by the pin when I chipped up. Patrick told me my ball actually stopped a foot away – but then it started to roll and roll, all the way off the green. Ridiculous, really. But I left Shinnecock with confidence renewed and looking forward to this stretch in Europe coming up. I didn’t do myself justice in this run last year, which was a big shame as I think it suits me.” Hatton only lasted two rounds at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens, before also going home early at The Open proper. “Four depressing weeks,” is how he remembers it and even allowing for the wrist complaint, they were mystifying, too. With his two wins in the Dunhill Links as well as runner-up in the Scottish Open two years ago, which led on to that breakthrough display at Royal Troon, Hatton has proven thrillingly adept at seaside golf. The city of Augusta's hidden side Le Golf National is nowhere near the ocean, but it does have a decidedly links feel to it and the fact the Versailles layout plays host to the Ryder Cup in September will afford the Hatton pulse yet another reason to soar when he tees it up in Thursday’s first round of the French Open. The points Hatton earned at Shinnecock cemented his position at the top of the European standings and he is all but certain to make his debut. “Yeah, my place is looking more and more secure, but I won’t be taking anything for granted until I hear my name in the team in August. “All these big tournaments coming up make it easy to keep the Ryder Cup in the back of my mind. I like the French and feel I could have a big week there, while I shot a 65 at Gullane in the last round there in 2015 [the last time it hosted the Scottish Open].” And Carnoustie for the Open in three weeks’ time? As one of the three host courses for he Dunhill Links, Hatton goes to the beast of Angus chasing an unprecedented hat-trick. “I shot 65 there the last time I played it and, go on then, I suppose I would take four 65s if you offered them!” he said. “Look, Carnoustie’s going to be an entirely different test, much less forgiving, but I do go back there with good vibes.” Tyrrell Hatton plays a shot from the bunker during the second round of the U.S. Open Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images As does British golf. as a whole. “There were five of us in the top 12 at the US Open, that’s pretty good isn’t it?” he said. “And Tommy has to be one of the favourites for Carnoustie. I saw him in the locker room after that 65 on Sunday and we had a chat. “I told him my fingers were tightly crossed and I really thought he might have done enough. Brooks [Koepka] played incredibly down the stretch to beat him by one, but Tommy’s only 27 and has years in front of him to knock off one or more majors. Just like me, really.”
What with Tommy Fleetwood’s flirtation with history and Phil Mickelson’s entanglement with infamy it was all too easy to overlook who came sixth in the US Open. But for Tyrrell Hatton, the performance at Shinnecock Hills could prove to be one of the most important of his career and certainly of this season. The Englishman went in with an alarming sense of deja vu. A fine opening to 2018 had given way to four missed cuts in his previous starts and for Hatton that was eerily familiar to last year’s campaign, which, again after a promising opening, saw him plummet out of the world’s top 30 with six missed cuts in seven. “To be honest, it was similar, yes, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried,” Hatton said. “Just like in 2017, a wrist issue had flared up and required a steroid injection. It meant I went into tournaments such as Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] rusty and I got on a run of missed cuts or finishes outside the top 40. It became a habit for a while last year and obviously I wanted to break the cycle. The week at home I had before Shinnecock was crucial.” In truth, Hatton has never been a prolific visitor to the range. In this regard, the 26-year-old reminds of Colin Montgomerie, as, like the great Scot, he prefers to keep his swing free and his mind uncluttered of technical thoughts. “I just played a lot of rounds in that seven days and found my rhythm again. I went over believing I could turn a corner.” As well as a fresh attitude, there was a new man on the bag. Hatton’s decision last month to split with Jonathan Bell was curious, if only because the long-time friends enjoyed such success in their nine months together. Indeed, Bell’s calming influence was viewed as key in arresting the slide of the at times combustible Hatton. The pair lifted back-to-back titles in Fife and Milan after just two events together. Brooks Koepka of the United States went on to win the U.S. Open last Sunday Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images “When JB and I got together it was only ever meant to be temporary and not permanent,” Hatton explained. “JB still had his own ambitions to play on Tour and it was like we were just helping each other out. But everything started that well, we just carried on. It was when things began to get tough that I thought it put a strain on our relationship and, with our friendship in mind, parting ways was the right thing to do. JB did a great job, but I’ve been impressed with Punk.” “Punk” is Mark Crane, who used to caddie for Chris Wood. Course management is everything at the US Open, especially on a course as severe as Shinnecock, and Crane helped Hatton retain his patience and faith in the game-plan. But for a hotter week with the putter, Hatton, the world No 23, would surely have bettered his fifth place at the 2016 Open, his best finish in a major thus far. “Apart from one on the ninth on Sunday, I didn’t really hole anything all week and I was only five shots off the winning score – so I have to be positive,” he said. “Playing the back nine in level par on Saturday was the highlight, as some of those pins were well dodgy. “I played with Patrick Reed and, on the 15th, he was standing by the pin when I chipped up. Patrick told me my ball actually stopped a foot away – but then it started to roll and roll, all the way off the green. Ridiculous, really. But I left Shinnecock with confidence renewed and looking forward to this stretch in Europe coming up. I didn’t do myself justice in this run last year, which was a big shame as I think it suits me.” Hatton only lasted two rounds at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens, before also going home early at The Open proper. “Four depressing weeks,” is how he remembers it and even allowing for the wrist complaint, they were mystifying, too. With his two wins in the Dunhill Links as well as runner-up in the Scottish Open two years ago, which led on to that breakthrough display at Royal Troon, Hatton has proven thrillingly adept at seaside golf. The city of Augusta's hidden side Le Golf National is nowhere near the ocean, but it does have a decidedly links feel to it and the fact the Versailles layout plays host to the Ryder Cup in September will afford the Hatton pulse yet another reason to soar when he tees it up in Thursday’s first round of the French Open. The points Hatton earned at Shinnecock cemented his position at the top of the European standings and he is all but certain to make his debut. “Yeah, my place is looking more and more secure, but I won’t be taking anything for granted until I hear my name in the team in August. “All these big tournaments coming up make it easy to keep the Ryder Cup in the back of my mind. I like the French and feel I could have a big week there, while I shot a 65 at Gullane in the last round there in 2015 [the last time it hosted the Scottish Open].” And Carnoustie for the Open in three weeks’ time? As one of the three host courses for he Dunhill Links, Hatton goes to the beast of Angus chasing an unprecedented hat-trick. “I shot 65 there the last time I played it and, go on then, I suppose I would take four 65s if you offered them!” he said. “Look, Carnoustie’s going to be an entirely different test, much less forgiving, but I do go back there with good vibes.” Tyrrell Hatton plays a shot from the bunker during the second round of the U.S. Open Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images As does British golf. as a whole. “There were five of us in the top 12 at the US Open, that’s pretty good isn’t it?” he said. “And Tommy has to be one of the favourites for Carnoustie. I saw him in the locker room after that 65 on Sunday and we had a chat. “I told him my fingers were tightly crossed and I really thought he might have done enough. Brooks [Koepka] played incredibly down the stretch to beat him by one, but Tommy’s only 27 and has years in front of him to knock off one or more majors. Just like me, really.”
Tyrrell Hatton eyes Carnoustie after turning corner at US Open
What with Tommy Fleetwood’s flirtation with history and Phil Mickelson’s entanglement with infamy it was all too easy to overlook who came sixth in the US Open. But for Tyrrell Hatton, the performance at Shinnecock Hills could prove to be one of the most important of his career and certainly of this season. The Englishman went in with an alarming sense of deja vu. A fine opening to 2018 had given way to four missed cuts in his previous starts and for Hatton that was eerily familiar to last year’s campaign, which, again after a promising opening, saw him plummet out of the world’s top 30 with six missed cuts in seven. “To be honest, it was similar, yes, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried,” Hatton said. “Just like in 2017, a wrist issue had flared up and required a steroid injection. It meant I went into tournaments such as Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] rusty and I got on a run of missed cuts or finishes outside the top 40. It became a habit for a while last year and obviously I wanted to break the cycle. The week at home I had before Shinnecock was crucial.” In truth, Hatton has never been a prolific visitor to the range. In this regard, the 26-year-old reminds of Colin Montgomerie, as, like the great Scot, he prefers to keep his swing free and his mind uncluttered of technical thoughts. “I just played a lot of rounds in that seven days and found my rhythm again. I went over believing I could turn a corner.” As well as a fresh attitude, there was a new man on the bag. Hatton’s decision last month to split with Jonathan Bell was curious, if only because the long-time friends enjoyed such success in their nine months together. Indeed, Bell’s calming influence was viewed as key in arresting the slide of the at times combustible Hatton. The pair lifted back-to-back titles in Fife and Milan after just two events together. Brooks Koepka of the United States went on to win the U.S. Open last Sunday Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images “When JB and I got together it was only ever meant to be temporary and not permanent,” Hatton explained. “JB still had his own ambitions to play on Tour and it was like we were just helping each other out. But everything started that well, we just carried on. It was when things began to get tough that I thought it put a strain on our relationship and, with our friendship in mind, parting ways was the right thing to do. JB did a great job, but I’ve been impressed with Punk.” “Punk” is Mark Crane, who used to caddie for Chris Wood. Course management is everything at the US Open, especially on a course as severe as Shinnecock, and Crane helped Hatton retain his patience and faith in the game-plan. But for a hotter week with the putter, Hatton, the world No 23, would surely have bettered his fifth place at the 2016 Open, his best finish in a major thus far. “Apart from one on the ninth on Sunday, I didn’t really hole anything all week and I was only five shots off the winning score – so I have to be positive,” he said. “Playing the back nine in level par on Saturday was the highlight, as some of those pins were well dodgy. “I played with Patrick Reed and, on the 15th, he was standing by the pin when I chipped up. Patrick told me my ball actually stopped a foot away – but then it started to roll and roll, all the way off the green. Ridiculous, really. But I left Shinnecock with confidence renewed and looking forward to this stretch in Europe coming up. I didn’t do myself justice in this run last year, which was a big shame as I think it suits me.” Hatton only lasted two rounds at the French, Irish and Scottish Opens, before also going home early at The Open proper. “Four depressing weeks,” is how he remembers it and even allowing for the wrist complaint, they were mystifying, too. With his two wins in the Dunhill Links as well as runner-up in the Scottish Open two years ago, which led on to that breakthrough display at Royal Troon, Hatton has proven thrillingly adept at seaside golf. The city of Augusta's hidden side Le Golf National is nowhere near the ocean, but it does have a decidedly links feel to it and the fact the Versailles layout plays host to the Ryder Cup in September will afford the Hatton pulse yet another reason to soar when he tees it up in Thursday’s first round of the French Open. The points Hatton earned at Shinnecock cemented his position at the top of the European standings and he is all but certain to make his debut. “Yeah, my place is looking more and more secure, but I won’t be taking anything for granted until I hear my name in the team in August. “All these big tournaments coming up make it easy to keep the Ryder Cup in the back of my mind. I like the French and feel I could have a big week there, while I shot a 65 at Gullane in the last round there in 2015 [the last time it hosted the Scottish Open].” And Carnoustie for the Open in three weeks’ time? As one of the three host courses for he Dunhill Links, Hatton goes to the beast of Angus chasing an unprecedented hat-trick. “I shot 65 there the last time I played it and, go on then, I suppose I would take four 65s if you offered them!” he said. “Look, Carnoustie’s going to be an entirely different test, much less forgiving, but I do go back there with good vibes.” Tyrrell Hatton plays a shot from the bunker during the second round of the U.S. Open Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images As does British golf. as a whole. “There were five of us in the top 12 at the US Open, that’s pretty good isn’t it?” he said. “And Tommy has to be one of the favourites for Carnoustie. I saw him in the locker room after that 65 on Sunday and we had a chat. “I told him my fingers were tightly crossed and I really thought he might have done enough. Brooks [Koepka] played incredibly down the stretch to beat him by one, but Tommy’s only 27 and has years in front of him to knock off one or more majors. Just like me, really.”
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks to the crowd during the Cubs' annual convention, in Chicago. The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Cubs owners in talks to purchase AC Milan
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks to the crowd during the Cubs' annual convention, in Chicago. The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks to the crowd during the Cubs' annual convention, in Chicago. The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks to the crowd during the Cubs' annual convention, in Chicago. The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks to the crowd during the Cubs' annual convention, in Chicago. The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The billions of net worth could save the Serie A giants in serious financial peril.
Ricketts family, owner of the Chicago Cubs, interested in purchasing AC Milan
The billions of net worth could save the Serie A giants in serious financial peril.
The billions of net worth could save the Serie A giants in serious financial peril.
Ricketts family, owner of the Chicago Cubs, interested in purchasing AC Milan
The billions of net worth could save the Serie A giants in serious financial peril.
It was when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals with the Albanian eagle salute that you knew just how much beating Serbia meant to them. Two players of Kosovan descent not only put Switzerland on the brink of the World Cup knockout stages but they struck a blow for the nation their opponents’ government still refuses to recognise. Whatever Arsenal fans think of Xhaka, surely not even they would begrudge him what must have been one of the most emotional goals of this World Cup, with his father having been imprisoned for campaigning for the independence of Kosovo. His equaliser, cancelling out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early opener, kept Switzerland’s Group E destiny in their own hands before Shaqiri put them firmly in control of it and left Serbia needing to beat Brazil to reach the last 16 for the first time since their country became independent itself. Shaqiri’s stoppage-time winner sparked wild celebrations, the Stoke City winger tearing off his shirt before repeating Xhaka’s earlier gesture, the significance of which he sought to play down afterwards. Shaqiri slots home the winning goal Credit: AFP “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” he said. Both managers, at pains during the build-up to this fixture to steer pre-match talk away from the politics of it, refused to discuss the gestures of Xhaka and Shaqiri. Sarajevo-born Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic said: “It’s clear that emotions show up and that’s how things happen. We, all together, need to stay away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together.” The first meeting of these two sides since the collapse of Yugoslavia had long been billed as a grudge match, given Shaqiri and team-mate Valon Behrami were both born in Kosovo and Xhaka’s family was forced to flee from there. Shaqiri even speaks Albanian at home and has long worn boots bearing the flag of both his adopted country and birthplace, an online picture of which last month prompted a caustic response from Mitrovic. As well as earning their country a Fifa fine for a World War II-era banner in their World Cup opener in Samara, Serbia fans could apparently be heard singing “Kosovo je Srbija” (Kosovo is Serbia) in the city’s bars after the game. In Kaliningrad, a place with its own complex history of nationhood, they made their feelings clear by jeering Switzerland’s Balkan-blooded players from the moment their names were announced over the public address. The jeers turned to cheers when Serbia took the lead inside five minutes. Switzerland failed to learn their lesson as, first, Mitrovic climbed highest to connect with a header that Yann Sommer did well to repel, before the Newcastle United striker outmuscled Fabian Schar to power home Dusan Tadic’s cross moments later. Blerim Dzemaili, another Balkan-born Swiss, screwed wide from Ricardo Rodriguez’s cutback but Mitrovic was winning almost everything in the air. He also saw fit to barge into the back of Shaqiri in what was a visible reminder of the bad blood between them. Switzerland soon began finding their own chinks in their opponents’ back line and would have equalised after half an hour but for a superb reflex save by Vladimir Stojkovic from Dzemaili. Aleksandar Mitrovic heads Serbia in front Credit: Getty Images But they looked like conceding from every high ball and would have done from a corner had Dusko Tosic not failed to connect with a free header and had Nemanja Matic been able to turn in the loose ball just before half-time. Needing a goal to avoid having to cheer on their opponents against Brazil on Wednesday, they got it soon after the restart thanks to Xhaka, who produced the kind of strike to leave Arsenal fans blinking in disbelief. Switzerland had only just avoiding conceding from another Mitrovic header from a corner when they launched an attack that saw the ball break to Xhaka, who lashed it home left-footed first time from 20 yards. In a breathless climax in which either side looked capable of snatching a winner, Mitrovic had a furious penalty appeal turned down for grappling, sparking another video technology row. Stojkovic was then called into serious action to deny Mario Gavranovic from fellow substitute Breel Embolo’s knock-down. But given the politically-charged atmosphere, the clincher seemed destined to come from a Balkan and it was Shaqiri who provided it at the death. Serbia were on the attack when the ball was played forward to the winger, who stayed onside by remaining in his own half before out-sprinting his pursuer and slotting under Stojkovic. Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić refused to comment on the penalty incident and was defiant about his side’s chances of upsetting Brazil. He said: “Nothing is impossible in life. We respect their status as favourites to win but we are going to prepare. They have weak spots that we’ll try to exploit.” 9:07PM Where does this leave the group Serbia need to beat Brazil on Wednesday unless Switzerland are beaten by Costa Rica by a couple of goals - a draw against Costa Rica will suffice for Switzerland. 9:03PM Opta's statistical pointers Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia is the first game at the 2018 World Cup to see a side win from a losing position. As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded. Switzerland have lost just one of their last 24 matches (W17 D6), a 2-0 defeat by Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October 2017. Stephan Lichtsteiner made his ninth World Cup appearance for Switzerland in this game – the most of any Swiss player in history. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 15 starts for Serbia (13 goals, 2 assists). Five of Granit Xhaka’s 10 goals for Switzerland have come from outside the box. Only Josef Hügi (6 goals) has scored more World Cup goals for Switzerland than Xherdan Shaqiri (4, tied with Robert Ballamann & Andre Abegglen). Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six World Cup goals (four goals, one assist). 9:02PM This seems about right Caught on the counter twice. Milivojevic sub was a bad one. We shouldn't have risked it all, a draw is much better than a loss.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 Of course if Brych called that obvious penalty against Mitrovic things could have been different but we would have likely conceded anyway with the way we were playing.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 We did score our goal way too early but that doesn't mean that you automatically have to sit back and absorb pressure right away. We could have won that game in the first half with a bit better approach. Congrats to the Swiss on a great fight.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:58PM How they stand 8:54PM Full time Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Serbia were the better side for more than an hour, defended superbly until that late error and were robbed of a surefire penalty when Mitrovic was bodyslammed by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. They have every right to feel aggrieved. But you have to admire Switzerland's clinical finishing and the way they fought their way back into the game. Terrific match. 8:51PM 90+3 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Drmic replaces Zuber. Shaqiri isi booked for time-wasting. 8:50PM 90 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Akanji defends a cross, Tosic makes a terrible error of judgment on halfway, trying to play offside and steps up which lets Shaqiri run past him and through on goal from 50m. Tosic gives chase but he can't catch him despite his efforts. Out comes Stojkovic and Shaqiri waits for him to commit himself then pokes it under his dive with marvellous composure. Serbia 1 - 2 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 90 min) 8:48PM Goal!! Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Shaqiri on the break and with the composure to slot it in. 8:47PM 89 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It's been a ding dong second-half, supremely enjoyable. Ivanovic stands tall at the cost of a corner. Rodriguez will take from the left. Mitrovic heads it clear from the penalty spot. Serbia have been brilliantly organised at the back and even the goal they conceded was the unfortunate result of a brave block. 8:45PM 87 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Radjonic tears 50m up the left and cuts inside to head from the box. Akanji has the speed and timing to slide in and knock it behind for a corner from which Mitrovic is penalised for holding. 8:44PM 85 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerland free-kick 25m out for a Matic trip. Rodriguez hits it at the wall and it balloons out for a corner. Matic blocks a shot as the ball fell in the box from the cross. Serbia break. 8:43PM 83 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo wins a header and flick it behind the defence and Gavranovic in an undetected offside position scoops his shot at Stojkovic who, after the scare a minute ago, recovers his poise and saves smartly. 8:40PM 81 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo has a dig from 20m and achieves power without precision though Stojkovic palms it down as it's too hot to grasp at first attempt. 8:38PM 79 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kolarov wins a key header at the back post. Switzerland lay siege from 30m out and continue to probe until Xhaka's pass over the top is overclubbed and skips out of play fr a goalkick. Milivojevic is the one to make way for Radonjic, a defensive midfielder for a forward. 8:37PM 78 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Top class defending from Milenkovic. The Red Star striker Radonjic is about to come on. 8:36PM 77 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Ljajic shoots, cutting inside on to his right from the left, but his shot is blocked and Switzerland break at pace, Shaqiri scurrying forward, the 'Magic Cube' accelerating towards the box, feinting this way and that. Milenkovic, though, keeps his eyes on the ball and doesn't buy the dummies. 8:34PM 75 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Rodriguez is having his mouth swabbed for blood, claiming he was elbowed in the universal language of mime. He has to change his shirt and comes on with bloody teeth, like a claret drinker or Dracula. 8:32PM 73 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka, from a mile offside and clear through on goal from the left, skewers his shot into the side-netting. The linesman lets the phase end before he flags. 8:31PM 71 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerlnd sub: Embolo on for Dzemaili. Lichtsteiner and Schaer double team Mitrovic and should have been penalised Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images 8:28PM 68 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland A fine pass form Milikovic-Savic sends Kolarov clear down the left and the captain pings in a daisy-cutter through the six-yard box. Mitrovic doesn't expect it to reach him at the back post so doesn't accelerate but it does elude the defence and he misses it by half a metre or so. For want of a nail ... Serbia vs Switzerland shots on goal 8:25PM 66 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Brilliant cross from Tadic to the back post where Mitrovic is wrestled to the ground by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. Both had their arms wrapped around him as he went up to win the header and grappled him to the ground. That was a stonebonker of a penalty. They double-teamed him and yet the VAR bottles it and the referee ignores it. 8:22PM 64 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland That was Kostic's last act - he is replaced by Ljajic of Torino who started the Costa Rica game. 8:22PM 63 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kostic betrays his frustration with the referee after a tight throw-in call is wrongly given the other way. 3 yellow cards from 7 Serbia fouls ? really Felix Brych? did we just throw out warnings for this match?— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:19PM 61 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic receives a final warning for tussling with Behrami. He has already been booked. Xhaka takes a moment after equalising Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images 8:17PM 58 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Shaqiri, dances around Kolarov on the right, turns and moves a couple of metres back towards his own goal then bends a scorching shot towards the top left corner that shaves the outside of the joint where the post meets the crossbar. Xhaka fires in Switzerland's equaliser Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 8:15PM 56 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Gavranovic has made an instant impact and improvement. He is running the channels hard and getting behind the veteran Ivanovic, testing his ability to turn quickly and putting some pain into his legs. 8:13PM 54 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It looked like the chance had gone when Shaqiri fired his left-foot shot on the break at Kolarov. The ball ricochets out to Xhaka who has been so loose in possession but can still strike a killer shot. It comes to him 22m out and he thrashes it with his left-foot across goal from the left and into the right corner. Utterly unstoppable. Mitrovic should really have scored with that header and yet 20 seconds later their lead instead of being doubled has gone. Pass: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Ricardo Rodríguez, 26 min) 8:10PM Goal!! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka with a left-foot screamer. 8:10PM 52 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Careless Xhaka gives the ball to Tadic who links up with Milinkovic-Savic and Mitrovic at the edge of the box. They play slick passes, Mitrovic holds off Schaer and they win a corner from which Mitrovic sends a towering header over the bar. 8:08PM 51 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez overhits a cross from the left sending it sailing beyond the back post and out for a throw. Gavranovic won the header to play him in having fought to be on the end of Shaqiri's diagonal pass. 8:07PM 50 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Zuber makes hay on the left and gets past Ivanovic when he is found by a crossfield pass but he had strayed offside. 8:06PM 48 min Switzerland begin the half on the front foot and pass it around, probing left and right as Shaqiri is give a free role at the start. 8:04PM 46 min An understandable and overdue switch. Robert Rosario and Jason Lee were more prolific than Seferovic threatened to be. 8:03PM Half-time substitution Mario Gavranovic of Dinamo Zagreb replaces Haris Seferovic for Switzerland. 7:53PM Record-breakers Cue Roy Castle: Mitrovic scores for Serbia and that equals the record for consecutive games at a World Cup without a goalless draw. 26 games, the same as in Switzerland in 1954 when every single game had a goal. Just knockout in those days.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018 7:50PM Half-time As they depart Shaqiri and Mitrovic, who has been outstanding, have a chat about an off-the-ball collision at a corner in the first half. Was it deliberate, Mitrovic catching Shaqiri on the side of his head? Mitrovic is explaining himself, making the case that it was an accident. 7:48PM 45+3 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Matic is booked for flattening Lichtsteiner. And that's the half. 7:47PM 45+2 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland In the last minute of added time Tadic flays a left-foot shot that trims the top of the crossbar. He caught it so crisply from 20m out that you could almost hear the 'whoosh' on the boom microphone. 7:46PM 45 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland fall apart at the corner losing their men and their shape when Tadic whips it into the box from the right. Tosic dives in and would have scored had he timed his leap properly but instead he is to late and flies under the ball. Panic stations in the box but Switzerland get away with it by the skin of their teeth. 7:44PM 43 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Serbia break free on the counter down the left but the cross is too floaty. Then Milinkovic-Savic, who treasures the ball like Swiss Toni and a beautiful woman, kills a firm pass with a lovely touch, takes it in his stride and plays it down the right for Tadic whose cross is blocked behind for a corner. 7:42PM 41 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland At last Switzerland try to pick the lock with a pas slid down the inside left channel where Tosic beats Dzemaili to it by a toenail. 7:40PM 39 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milivojevic for a mistimed sliding tackle on Shaqiri 15m inside the Serbia half. Switzerland move it across the field from right to left and back again but they keep getting crowded out by the compact midfield and defence. 7:39PM 37 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Scaher shoves Mitrovic in the back as the centre-forward tried to shield a cross just to the left of the box. Kolarov will take. He chips it to the near post for Mitrovic's run but a defender wins the header and clears it to the edge of the box. Tadic hits it sweetly on the half-volley but Sommer saves it in relative comfort even it it momentarily stings his palms. Here's Stojkovic's save: Stojkovic thwarts Dzemaili Credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images 7:35PM 35 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milinkovic-Savic who went into a 30-70 challenge for a bouncing ball with Schaer and had his leg raised so high, he studded his opponent in the hip. 7:34PM 33 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Dearie me, that's terrible from Dzemaili who is put through the inside-left channel with Milenkovic slow to turn. But instead of shooting he scoops the ball from left to right across the area and ends the threat. At least I think that's what he was doing, trying to cross it. If it was a shot, it was even worse. 7:32PM 31 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Smart save from Stojkovic, low to his right from 8m when Dzemaili was played through by a cute, dinked pass from Zuber in the inside-right channel. Stojkovic got down quick and used his strong right wrist to divert it behind. That kind of zip, moving the ball at a fair old lick, unsettled Serbia. Attempt Saved: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Blerim Dzemaili, 30 min) 7:29PM 29 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Lichtsteiner's courageous sliding block concedes a throw-in high up the pitch in Serbia's half but thwarted he centre-half's plan to free Mitrovic through the middle. 7:28PM 27 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Xhaka is penalised unjustly for a fair if ungainly tackle on Milivojevic. 7:27PM 25 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Tadic tracks Rodriguez diligently as the Milan full-back chases a long diagonal chip. Tadic watches the ball and nods it out as he backpedalled, safety first. Rodriguez sends in the corner and Mitrovic heads it clear. Serbia vs Switzerland 7:24PM 23 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milenkovic stops Shaqiri's thrusting run at the edge of the Serbia area and plays it up the right for Mitrovic to break. he has many qualities but not searing pace and Akanji closes him down and the two collide with a meaty thud. 7:23PM 21 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Kostic is played in round the back, behind Lichtsteiner and enters the box from the left. Akanji manages to intercept and scramble it clear. Serbia take the lead Credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 7:20PM 18 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland It's a terrific game so far. Serbia are slick and powerful. Tadic plays it out to Ivanovic who sends a deep outswinging cross to the edge of the penalty area. Mitrovic, who has Schaer cowering in his back pocket, takes it on his chest, swivels and floats a 20m bicycle kick over the bar. 7:18PM 15 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic storms forward, tacking from centre to right and, when the defence dissolves in front of him, he whacks a right-foot shot from juts outside of the area, aiming for the top left corner but pulls it wide of his target. A minute earlier Kostoc had tiptoed through the box from the left and scooped a clever cross over Schaer, a bit of an up and under, but Rodriguez managed to get in the way. Possession: Serbia vs Switzerland 7:15PM 13 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic's dander and confidence are up and he's thriving on early crosses but takes this one on from too far out, trying to beat Sommer from 20m and flashes it over the bar. 7:12PM 10 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez makes progress up the left, jinks past Ivanovic to the byeline, then drags back a low pass through the box for Dzemaili who has a clear path to goal form 15m but hooks his left-foot shot wide of the right post. His body shape was all wrong. Here's the goal: Mitrovic puts Serbia into an early lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images 7:10PM 8 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland corner, taken by Shaqiri from the right. Akanji wins the header and flashes it across the box but Matic is there to stop Shaqiri latching on to it. Switzerland are passing it around, probing patiently. 7:08PM 6 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland lost the ball on the left side of their defence about half a minute after Milivojevic had a crisp header saved. Tadic takes it to the corner flag and cuts back on to his left foot to bend in an inswinger towards the centre of goal. Mitrovic makes an angle run across goal, beasts Schaer in the air and steers his header wide of Sommer. Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 5 min) 7:06PM Goal! Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic buries it, heading on Tadic's right-wing cross. 7:05PM 4 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Shaqiri rolls the ball across the park for Akanji who is marauding up the left. He switches it back out to Shaqiri on the right who pings it infield for Xhaka. He takes a touch, accepts the invitation to shoot that is implied by Serbia not closing him down but slices a 25m shot over the bar. 7:03PM 2 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Serbia free-kick 10m into the Switzerland half. Kolarov takes and drives a long diagonal. Mitrovic tries to feed on the scraps of the knockdown but Behrami holds him off and keeps him away from the ball in the box. 7:01PM 1 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland The Serbian anthem was belted out by large swathes of the crowd. The team have based themselves in Kaliningrad and they have plenty of supporters in the stadium. Serbia build an attack up the right and Zuber comes back to help out Rodriguez. 6:56PM Time for the national anthems Tache of the tournament Credit: OZAN KOSE/AFP The Swiss Psalm is even more funereal than our own. 6:54PM The BBC pundits Favour a draw. I'm hoping Switzerland will feel that they have to go for three points in the knowledge that Serbia are capable of getting a point against Brazil. Serbia are in red, Switzerland in white. 6:33PM Meet Vladimir Petkovic Vladimir Petkovic succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland manager after the 2014 World Cup and was sacked by Lazio in January of that year for agreeing to take the job. The Bosnian Croat won the Coppa Italia in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico and had managed six Swiss clubs since ending his playing career in 1997, most notably three years and a league runners-up place with Young Boys. Petkovic took Switzerland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 where they were knocked out in a penalty shootout by Poland Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images Until he took that job in Bern in 2008 Petkovic had combined his football career with working for the Catholic Caritas homeless charity in Locarno and his ‘moral character’ was singled out by the Lazio owner as the reason for hiring such a relatively unknown and unsuccessful coach. 6:22PM Fancy impersonating VAR? What have you come as? test - do not delete How VAR could have changed past World Cups 6:08PM And finally those teams in the classical style Serbia Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Matic, Milivojevic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Mitrovic. Substitutes Rukavina, Spajic, Zivkovic, Prijovic, Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Rodic, Grujic, Ljajic, Radonjic, Jovic Dmitrovic. World Cup record: Serbia Switzerland Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Behrami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Substitutes Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Mvogo, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Bürki. World Cup record: Switzerland Referee Felix Brych (Ger) 6:01PM Spoiler alert Ninety minutes' ebb and flow can be a bit of a distraction for some. If you'd like to know the final score now, have a go on the Telegraph's ingenious prediction brain: World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 5:58PM The rumours were true One change - Kostic replaces Ljajic. Startnih 1⃣1⃣ | ������️���� ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#SrcemSvim ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#Orlovi#WorldCup#SRB#FSSpic.twitter.com/bMDvMc3fIt— Fudbalski savez Srbije | FA Serbia (@FSSrbije) June 22, 2018 5:50PM No official word from Serbia But the well-sourced rumours suggest one change, Adem Ljajic is out and Hamburg's thunderfoot Filip Kostic is in. 5:48PM Switzerland are unchanged Aufstellung / Compo / Formazione#HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra#SRBSUIpic.twitter.com/q64htHAT7Z— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 22, 2018 5:35PM Kaliningrad Stadium You don't have to be a Simon Inglisite to think 'Phwoar!': Kaliningrad Stadum Credit: David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images England play Belgium here on Thursday. 5:29PM Defusing a powder keg Here’s a novelty, a virgin World Cup fixture but of course, in the tortuous history of the Balkans, it isn’t what it seems. Both Fifa and Uefa consider Serbia as the sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro teams and as such hold that Yugoslavia’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland at Belo Horizonte at the 1950 World Cup and Serbia & Montenegro’s win in 2002 qualifying the year before mean that it isn’t strictly a maiden meeting. But the needle has nothing to do with onfield history and everything to do with that complex past. Xherdan Shaqiri is one of three likely Switzerland starters of Kosovan heritage,along with Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami, but will be the only one who will take to the field with a flag of Kosovo embroidered on the heel of one boot. It has not gone down well in Serbia where it has been interpreted as incendiary provocation and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the centre-forward, spoke out against the proclamation of allegiance. “If he loves Kosovo so much and decides to flaunt the flag, why did he refuse a chance to play for their team?” he said. Most matches are enhanced by a whiff of cordite but there is always a danger when fuelled by nationalist rancour that it can rapidly spiral towards combustion. World Cup 2018 stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium Perhaps, given that the match is being played in Kaliningrad, once Königsberg former capital of East Prussia, we should hope that some of the wisdom of the city’s favourite son, Immanuel Kant, prevails: “For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.” Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield. Serbia, too often less than the sum of their parts, gradually prevailed over Costa Rica because of Aleksandar Kolarov’s sumptuous free-kick and the eye-catching attacking thrusts of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. We’ve seen again today how difficult Costa Rica are to beat but it is highly unlikely that the hard-running, niggly Swiss spoilers will afford them any more space to play. It should be tense and may take a touch of Serbia’s traditional midfield ingenuity or Shaqiri’s sporadic class to make it an engaging rather than simply an absorbing game.
Xherdan Shaqiri secures Switzerland precious World Cup win over Serbia with late breakaway winner
It was when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals with the Albanian eagle salute that you knew just how much beating Serbia meant to them. Two players of Kosovan descent not only put Switzerland on the brink of the World Cup knockout stages but they struck a blow for the nation their opponents’ government still refuses to recognise. Whatever Arsenal fans think of Xhaka, surely not even they would begrudge him what must have been one of the most emotional goals of this World Cup, with his father having been imprisoned for campaigning for the independence of Kosovo. His equaliser, cancelling out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early opener, kept Switzerland’s Group E destiny in their own hands before Shaqiri put them firmly in control of it and left Serbia needing to beat Brazil to reach the last 16 for the first time since their country became independent itself. Shaqiri’s stoppage-time winner sparked wild celebrations, the Stoke City winger tearing off his shirt before repeating Xhaka’s earlier gesture, the significance of which he sought to play down afterwards. Shaqiri slots home the winning goal Credit: AFP “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” he said. Both managers, at pains during the build-up to this fixture to steer pre-match talk away from the politics of it, refused to discuss the gestures of Xhaka and Shaqiri. Sarajevo-born Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic said: “It’s clear that emotions show up and that’s how things happen. We, all together, need to stay away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together.” The first meeting of these two sides since the collapse of Yugoslavia had long been billed as a grudge match, given Shaqiri and team-mate Valon Behrami were both born in Kosovo and Xhaka’s family was forced to flee from there. Shaqiri even speaks Albanian at home and has long worn boots bearing the flag of both his adopted country and birthplace, an online picture of which last month prompted a caustic response from Mitrovic. As well as earning their country a Fifa fine for a World War II-era banner in their World Cup opener in Samara, Serbia fans could apparently be heard singing “Kosovo je Srbija” (Kosovo is Serbia) in the city’s bars after the game. In Kaliningrad, a place with its own complex history of nationhood, they made their feelings clear by jeering Switzerland’s Balkan-blooded players from the moment their names were announced over the public address. The jeers turned to cheers when Serbia took the lead inside five minutes. Switzerland failed to learn their lesson as, first, Mitrovic climbed highest to connect with a header that Yann Sommer did well to repel, before the Newcastle United striker outmuscled Fabian Schar to power home Dusan Tadic’s cross moments later. Blerim Dzemaili, another Balkan-born Swiss, screwed wide from Ricardo Rodriguez’s cutback but Mitrovic was winning almost everything in the air. He also saw fit to barge into the back of Shaqiri in what was a visible reminder of the bad blood between them. Switzerland soon began finding their own chinks in their opponents’ back line and would have equalised after half an hour but for a superb reflex save by Vladimir Stojkovic from Dzemaili. Aleksandar Mitrovic heads Serbia in front Credit: Getty Images But they looked like conceding from every high ball and would have done from a corner had Dusko Tosic not failed to connect with a free header and had Nemanja Matic been able to turn in the loose ball just before half-time. Needing a goal to avoid having to cheer on their opponents against Brazil on Wednesday, they got it soon after the restart thanks to Xhaka, who produced the kind of strike to leave Arsenal fans blinking in disbelief. Switzerland had only just avoiding conceding from another Mitrovic header from a corner when they launched an attack that saw the ball break to Xhaka, who lashed it home left-footed first time from 20 yards. In a breathless climax in which either side looked capable of snatching a winner, Mitrovic had a furious penalty appeal turned down for grappling, sparking another video technology row. Stojkovic was then called into serious action to deny Mario Gavranovic from fellow substitute Breel Embolo’s knock-down. But given the politically-charged atmosphere, the clincher seemed destined to come from a Balkan and it was Shaqiri who provided it at the death. Serbia were on the attack when the ball was played forward to the winger, who stayed onside by remaining in his own half before out-sprinting his pursuer and slotting under Stojkovic. Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić refused to comment on the penalty incident and was defiant about his side’s chances of upsetting Brazil. He said: “Nothing is impossible in life. We respect their status as favourites to win but we are going to prepare. They have weak spots that we’ll try to exploit.” 9:07PM Where does this leave the group Serbia need to beat Brazil on Wednesday unless Switzerland are beaten by Costa Rica by a couple of goals - a draw against Costa Rica will suffice for Switzerland. 9:03PM Opta's statistical pointers Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia is the first game at the 2018 World Cup to see a side win from a losing position. As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded. Switzerland have lost just one of their last 24 matches (W17 D6), a 2-0 defeat by Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October 2017. Stephan Lichtsteiner made his ninth World Cup appearance for Switzerland in this game – the most of any Swiss player in history. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 15 starts for Serbia (13 goals, 2 assists). Five of Granit Xhaka’s 10 goals for Switzerland have come from outside the box. Only Josef Hügi (6 goals) has scored more World Cup goals for Switzerland than Xherdan Shaqiri (4, tied with Robert Ballamann & Andre Abegglen). Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six World Cup goals (four goals, one assist). 9:02PM This seems about right Caught on the counter twice. Milivojevic sub was a bad one. We shouldn't have risked it all, a draw is much better than a loss.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 Of course if Brych called that obvious penalty against Mitrovic things could have been different but we would have likely conceded anyway with the way we were playing.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 We did score our goal way too early but that doesn't mean that you automatically have to sit back and absorb pressure right away. We could have won that game in the first half with a bit better approach. Congrats to the Swiss on a great fight.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:58PM How they stand 8:54PM Full time Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Serbia were the better side for more than an hour, defended superbly until that late error and were robbed of a surefire penalty when Mitrovic was bodyslammed by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. They have every right to feel aggrieved. But you have to admire Switzerland's clinical finishing and the way they fought their way back into the game. Terrific match. 8:51PM 90+3 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Drmic replaces Zuber. Shaqiri isi booked for time-wasting. 8:50PM 90 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Akanji defends a cross, Tosic makes a terrible error of judgment on halfway, trying to play offside and steps up which lets Shaqiri run past him and through on goal from 50m. Tosic gives chase but he can't catch him despite his efforts. Out comes Stojkovic and Shaqiri waits for him to commit himself then pokes it under his dive with marvellous composure. Serbia 1 - 2 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 90 min) 8:48PM Goal!! Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Shaqiri on the break and with the composure to slot it in. 8:47PM 89 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It's been a ding dong second-half, supremely enjoyable. Ivanovic stands tall at the cost of a corner. Rodriguez will take from the left. Mitrovic heads it clear from the penalty spot. Serbia have been brilliantly organised at the back and even the goal they conceded was the unfortunate result of a brave block. 8:45PM 87 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Radjonic tears 50m up the left and cuts inside to head from the box. Akanji has the speed and timing to slide in and knock it behind for a corner from which Mitrovic is penalised for holding. 8:44PM 85 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerland free-kick 25m out for a Matic trip. Rodriguez hits it at the wall and it balloons out for a corner. Matic blocks a shot as the ball fell in the box from the cross. Serbia break. 8:43PM 83 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo wins a header and flick it behind the defence and Gavranovic in an undetected offside position scoops his shot at Stojkovic who, after the scare a minute ago, recovers his poise and saves smartly. 8:40PM 81 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo has a dig from 20m and achieves power without precision though Stojkovic palms it down as it's too hot to grasp at first attempt. 8:38PM 79 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kolarov wins a key header at the back post. Switzerland lay siege from 30m out and continue to probe until Xhaka's pass over the top is overclubbed and skips out of play fr a goalkick. Milivojevic is the one to make way for Radonjic, a defensive midfielder for a forward. 8:37PM 78 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Top class defending from Milenkovic. The Red Star striker Radonjic is about to come on. 8:36PM 77 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Ljajic shoots, cutting inside on to his right from the left, but his shot is blocked and Switzerland break at pace, Shaqiri scurrying forward, the 'Magic Cube' accelerating towards the box, feinting this way and that. Milenkovic, though, keeps his eyes on the ball and doesn't buy the dummies. 8:34PM 75 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Rodriguez is having his mouth swabbed for blood, claiming he was elbowed in the universal language of mime. He has to change his shirt and comes on with bloody teeth, like a claret drinker or Dracula. 8:32PM 73 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka, from a mile offside and clear through on goal from the left, skewers his shot into the side-netting. The linesman lets the phase end before he flags. 8:31PM 71 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerlnd sub: Embolo on for Dzemaili. Lichtsteiner and Schaer double team Mitrovic and should have been penalised Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images 8:28PM 68 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland A fine pass form Milikovic-Savic sends Kolarov clear down the left and the captain pings in a daisy-cutter through the six-yard box. Mitrovic doesn't expect it to reach him at the back post so doesn't accelerate but it does elude the defence and he misses it by half a metre or so. For want of a nail ... Serbia vs Switzerland shots on goal 8:25PM 66 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Brilliant cross from Tadic to the back post where Mitrovic is wrestled to the ground by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. Both had their arms wrapped around him as he went up to win the header and grappled him to the ground. That was a stonebonker of a penalty. They double-teamed him and yet the VAR bottles it and the referee ignores it. 8:22PM 64 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland That was Kostic's last act - he is replaced by Ljajic of Torino who started the Costa Rica game. 8:22PM 63 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kostic betrays his frustration with the referee after a tight throw-in call is wrongly given the other way. 3 yellow cards from 7 Serbia fouls ? really Felix Brych? did we just throw out warnings for this match?— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:19PM 61 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic receives a final warning for tussling with Behrami. He has already been booked. Xhaka takes a moment after equalising Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images 8:17PM 58 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Shaqiri, dances around Kolarov on the right, turns and moves a couple of metres back towards his own goal then bends a scorching shot towards the top left corner that shaves the outside of the joint where the post meets the crossbar. Xhaka fires in Switzerland's equaliser Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 8:15PM 56 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Gavranovic has made an instant impact and improvement. He is running the channels hard and getting behind the veteran Ivanovic, testing his ability to turn quickly and putting some pain into his legs. 8:13PM 54 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It looked like the chance had gone when Shaqiri fired his left-foot shot on the break at Kolarov. The ball ricochets out to Xhaka who has been so loose in possession but can still strike a killer shot. It comes to him 22m out and he thrashes it with his left-foot across goal from the left and into the right corner. Utterly unstoppable. Mitrovic should really have scored with that header and yet 20 seconds later their lead instead of being doubled has gone. Pass: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Ricardo Rodríguez, 26 min) 8:10PM Goal!! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka with a left-foot screamer. 8:10PM 52 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Careless Xhaka gives the ball to Tadic who links up with Milinkovic-Savic and Mitrovic at the edge of the box. They play slick passes, Mitrovic holds off Schaer and they win a corner from which Mitrovic sends a towering header over the bar. 8:08PM 51 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez overhits a cross from the left sending it sailing beyond the back post and out for a throw. Gavranovic won the header to play him in having fought to be on the end of Shaqiri's diagonal pass. 8:07PM 50 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Zuber makes hay on the left and gets past Ivanovic when he is found by a crossfield pass but he had strayed offside. 8:06PM 48 min Switzerland begin the half on the front foot and pass it around, probing left and right as Shaqiri is give a free role at the start. 8:04PM 46 min An understandable and overdue switch. Robert Rosario and Jason Lee were more prolific than Seferovic threatened to be. 8:03PM Half-time substitution Mario Gavranovic of Dinamo Zagreb replaces Haris Seferovic for Switzerland. 7:53PM Record-breakers Cue Roy Castle: Mitrovic scores for Serbia and that equals the record for consecutive games at a World Cup without a goalless draw. 26 games, the same as in Switzerland in 1954 when every single game had a goal. Just knockout in those days.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018 7:50PM Half-time As they depart Shaqiri and Mitrovic, who has been outstanding, have a chat about an off-the-ball collision at a corner in the first half. Was it deliberate, Mitrovic catching Shaqiri on the side of his head? Mitrovic is explaining himself, making the case that it was an accident. 7:48PM 45+3 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Matic is booked for flattening Lichtsteiner. And that's the half. 7:47PM 45+2 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland In the last minute of added time Tadic flays a left-foot shot that trims the top of the crossbar. He caught it so crisply from 20m out that you could almost hear the 'whoosh' on the boom microphone. 7:46PM 45 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland fall apart at the corner losing their men and their shape when Tadic whips it into the box from the right. Tosic dives in and would have scored had he timed his leap properly but instead he is to late and flies under the ball. Panic stations in the box but Switzerland get away with it by the skin of their teeth. 7:44PM 43 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Serbia break free on the counter down the left but the cross is too floaty. Then Milinkovic-Savic, who treasures the ball like Swiss Toni and a beautiful woman, kills a firm pass with a lovely touch, takes it in his stride and plays it down the right for Tadic whose cross is blocked behind for a corner. 7:42PM 41 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland At last Switzerland try to pick the lock with a pas slid down the inside left channel where Tosic beats Dzemaili to it by a toenail. 7:40PM 39 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milivojevic for a mistimed sliding tackle on Shaqiri 15m inside the Serbia half. Switzerland move it across the field from right to left and back again but they keep getting crowded out by the compact midfield and defence. 7:39PM 37 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Scaher shoves Mitrovic in the back as the centre-forward tried to shield a cross just to the left of the box. Kolarov will take. He chips it to the near post for Mitrovic's run but a defender wins the header and clears it to the edge of the box. Tadic hits it sweetly on the half-volley but Sommer saves it in relative comfort even it it momentarily stings his palms. Here's Stojkovic's save: Stojkovic thwarts Dzemaili Credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images 7:35PM 35 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milinkovic-Savic who went into a 30-70 challenge for a bouncing ball with Schaer and had his leg raised so high, he studded his opponent in the hip. 7:34PM 33 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Dearie me, that's terrible from Dzemaili who is put through the inside-left channel with Milenkovic slow to turn. But instead of shooting he scoops the ball from left to right across the area and ends the threat. At least I think that's what he was doing, trying to cross it. If it was a shot, it was even worse. 7:32PM 31 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Smart save from Stojkovic, low to his right from 8m when Dzemaili was played through by a cute, dinked pass from Zuber in the inside-right channel. Stojkovic got down quick and used his strong right wrist to divert it behind. That kind of zip, moving the ball at a fair old lick, unsettled Serbia. Attempt Saved: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Blerim Dzemaili, 30 min) 7:29PM 29 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Lichtsteiner's courageous sliding block concedes a throw-in high up the pitch in Serbia's half but thwarted he centre-half's plan to free Mitrovic through the middle. 7:28PM 27 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Xhaka is penalised unjustly for a fair if ungainly tackle on Milivojevic. 7:27PM 25 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Tadic tracks Rodriguez diligently as the Milan full-back chases a long diagonal chip. Tadic watches the ball and nods it out as he backpedalled, safety first. Rodriguez sends in the corner and Mitrovic heads it clear. Serbia vs Switzerland 7:24PM 23 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milenkovic stops Shaqiri's thrusting run at the edge of the Serbia area and plays it up the right for Mitrovic to break. he has many qualities but not searing pace and Akanji closes him down and the two collide with a meaty thud. 7:23PM 21 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Kostic is played in round the back, behind Lichtsteiner and enters the box from the left. Akanji manages to intercept and scramble it clear. Serbia take the lead Credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 7:20PM 18 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland It's a terrific game so far. Serbia are slick and powerful. Tadic plays it out to Ivanovic who sends a deep outswinging cross to the edge of the penalty area. Mitrovic, who has Schaer cowering in his back pocket, takes it on his chest, swivels and floats a 20m bicycle kick over the bar. 7:18PM 15 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic storms forward, tacking from centre to right and, when the defence dissolves in front of him, he whacks a right-foot shot from juts outside of the area, aiming for the top left corner but pulls it wide of his target. A minute earlier Kostoc had tiptoed through the box from the left and scooped a clever cross over Schaer, a bit of an up and under, but Rodriguez managed to get in the way. Possession: Serbia vs Switzerland 7:15PM 13 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic's dander and confidence are up and he's thriving on early crosses but takes this one on from too far out, trying to beat Sommer from 20m and flashes it over the bar. 7:12PM 10 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez makes progress up the left, jinks past Ivanovic to the byeline, then drags back a low pass through the box for Dzemaili who has a clear path to goal form 15m but hooks his left-foot shot wide of the right post. His body shape was all wrong. Here's the goal: Mitrovic puts Serbia into an early lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images 7:10PM 8 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland corner, taken by Shaqiri from the right. Akanji wins the header and flashes it across the box but Matic is there to stop Shaqiri latching on to it. Switzerland are passing it around, probing patiently. 7:08PM 6 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland lost the ball on the left side of their defence about half a minute after Milivojevic had a crisp header saved. Tadic takes it to the corner flag and cuts back on to his left foot to bend in an inswinger towards the centre of goal. Mitrovic makes an angle run across goal, beasts Schaer in the air and steers his header wide of Sommer. Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 5 min) 7:06PM Goal! Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic buries it, heading on Tadic's right-wing cross. 7:05PM 4 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Shaqiri rolls the ball across the park for Akanji who is marauding up the left. He switches it back out to Shaqiri on the right who pings it infield for Xhaka. He takes a touch, accepts the invitation to shoot that is implied by Serbia not closing him down but slices a 25m shot over the bar. 7:03PM 2 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Serbia free-kick 10m into the Switzerland half. Kolarov takes and drives a long diagonal. Mitrovic tries to feed on the scraps of the knockdown but Behrami holds him off and keeps him away from the ball in the box. 7:01PM 1 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland The Serbian anthem was belted out by large swathes of the crowd. The team have based themselves in Kaliningrad and they have plenty of supporters in the stadium. Serbia build an attack up the right and Zuber comes back to help out Rodriguez. 6:56PM Time for the national anthems Tache of the tournament Credit: OZAN KOSE/AFP The Swiss Psalm is even more funereal than our own. 6:54PM The BBC pundits Favour a draw. I'm hoping Switzerland will feel that they have to go for three points in the knowledge that Serbia are capable of getting a point against Brazil. Serbia are in red, Switzerland in white. 6:33PM Meet Vladimir Petkovic Vladimir Petkovic succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland manager after the 2014 World Cup and was sacked by Lazio in January of that year for agreeing to take the job. The Bosnian Croat won the Coppa Italia in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico and had managed six Swiss clubs since ending his playing career in 1997, most notably three years and a league runners-up place with Young Boys. Petkovic took Switzerland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 where they were knocked out in a penalty shootout by Poland Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images Until he took that job in Bern in 2008 Petkovic had combined his football career with working for the Catholic Caritas homeless charity in Locarno and his ‘moral character’ was singled out by the Lazio owner as the reason for hiring such a relatively unknown and unsuccessful coach. 6:22PM Fancy impersonating VAR? What have you come as? test - do not delete How VAR could have changed past World Cups 6:08PM And finally those teams in the classical style Serbia Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Matic, Milivojevic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Mitrovic. Substitutes Rukavina, Spajic, Zivkovic, Prijovic, Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Rodic, Grujic, Ljajic, Radonjic, Jovic Dmitrovic. World Cup record: Serbia Switzerland Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Behrami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Substitutes Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Mvogo, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Bürki. World Cup record: Switzerland Referee Felix Brych (Ger) 6:01PM Spoiler alert Ninety minutes' ebb and flow can be a bit of a distraction for some. If you'd like to know the final score now, have a go on the Telegraph's ingenious prediction brain: World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 5:58PM The rumours were true One change - Kostic replaces Ljajic. Startnih 1⃣1⃣ | ������️���� ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#SrcemSvim ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#Orlovi#WorldCup#SRB#FSSpic.twitter.com/bMDvMc3fIt— Fudbalski savez Srbije | FA Serbia (@FSSrbije) June 22, 2018 5:50PM No official word from Serbia But the well-sourced rumours suggest one change, Adem Ljajic is out and Hamburg's thunderfoot Filip Kostic is in. 5:48PM Switzerland are unchanged Aufstellung / Compo / Formazione#HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra#SRBSUIpic.twitter.com/q64htHAT7Z— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 22, 2018 5:35PM Kaliningrad Stadium You don't have to be a Simon Inglisite to think 'Phwoar!': Kaliningrad Stadum Credit: David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images England play Belgium here on Thursday. 5:29PM Defusing a powder keg Here’s a novelty, a virgin World Cup fixture but of course, in the tortuous history of the Balkans, it isn’t what it seems. Both Fifa and Uefa consider Serbia as the sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro teams and as such hold that Yugoslavia’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland at Belo Horizonte at the 1950 World Cup and Serbia & Montenegro’s win in 2002 qualifying the year before mean that it isn’t strictly a maiden meeting. But the needle has nothing to do with onfield history and everything to do with that complex past. Xherdan Shaqiri is one of three likely Switzerland starters of Kosovan heritage,along with Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami, but will be the only one who will take to the field with a flag of Kosovo embroidered on the heel of one boot. It has not gone down well in Serbia where it has been interpreted as incendiary provocation and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the centre-forward, spoke out against the proclamation of allegiance. “If he loves Kosovo so much and decides to flaunt the flag, why did he refuse a chance to play for their team?” he said. Most matches are enhanced by a whiff of cordite but there is always a danger when fuelled by nationalist rancour that it can rapidly spiral towards combustion. World Cup 2018 stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium Perhaps, given that the match is being played in Kaliningrad, once Königsberg former capital of East Prussia, we should hope that some of the wisdom of the city’s favourite son, Immanuel Kant, prevails: “For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.” Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield. Serbia, too often less than the sum of their parts, gradually prevailed over Costa Rica because of Aleksandar Kolarov’s sumptuous free-kick and the eye-catching attacking thrusts of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. We’ve seen again today how difficult Costa Rica are to beat but it is highly unlikely that the hard-running, niggly Swiss spoilers will afford them any more space to play. It should be tense and may take a touch of Serbia’s traditional midfield ingenuity or Shaqiri’s sporadic class to make it an engaging rather than simply an absorbing game.
It was when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals with the Albanian eagle salute that you knew just how much beating Serbia meant to them. Two players of Kosovan descent not only put Switzerland on the brink of the World Cup knockout stages but they struck a blow for the nation their opponents’ government still refuses to recognise. Whatever Arsenal fans think of Xhaka, surely not even they would begrudge him what must have been one of the most emotional goals of this World Cup, with his father having been imprisoned for campaigning for the independence of Kosovo. His equaliser, cancelling out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early opener, kept Switzerland’s Group E destiny in their own hands before Shaqiri put them firmly in control of it and left Serbia needing to beat Brazil to reach the last 16 for the first time since their country became independent itself. Shaqiri’s stoppage-time winner sparked wild celebrations, the Stoke City winger tearing off his shirt before repeating Xhaka’s earlier gesture, the significance of which he sought to play down afterwards. Shaqiri slots home the winning goal Credit: AFP “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” he said. Both managers, at pains during the build-up to this fixture to steer pre-match talk away from the politics of it, refused to discuss the gestures of Xhaka and Shaqiri. Sarajevo-born Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic said: “It’s clear that emotions show up and that’s how things happen. We, all together, need to stay away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together.” The first meeting of these two sides since the collapse of Yugoslavia had long been billed as a grudge match, given Shaqiri and team-mate Valon Behrami were both born in Kosovo and Xhaka’s family was forced to flee from there. Shaqiri even speaks Albanian at home and has long worn boots bearing the flag of both his adopted country and birthplace, an online picture of which last month prompted a caustic response from Mitrovic. As well as earning their country a Fifa fine for a World War II-era banner in their World Cup opener in Samara, Serbia fans could apparently be heard singing “Kosovo je Srbija” (Kosovo is Serbia) in the city’s bars after the game. In Kaliningrad, a place with its own complex history of nationhood, they made their feelings clear by jeering Switzerland’s Balkan-blooded players from the moment their names were announced over the public address. The jeers turned to cheers when Serbia took the lead inside five minutes. Switzerland failed to learn their lesson as, first, Mitrovic climbed highest to connect with a header that Yann Sommer did well to repel, before the Newcastle United striker outmuscled Fabian Schar to power home Dusan Tadic’s cross moments later. Blerim Dzemaili, another Balkan-born Swiss, screwed wide from Ricardo Rodriguez’s cutback but Mitrovic was winning almost everything in the air. He also saw fit to barge into the back of Shaqiri in what was a visible reminder of the bad blood between them. Switzerland soon began finding their own chinks in their opponents’ back line and would have equalised after half an hour but for a superb reflex save by Vladimir Stojkovic from Dzemaili. Aleksandar Mitrovic heads Serbia in front Credit: Getty Images But they looked like conceding from every high ball and would have done from a corner had Dusko Tosic not failed to connect with a free header and had Nemanja Matic been able to turn in the loose ball just before half-time. Needing a goal to avoid having to cheer on their opponents against Brazil on Wednesday, they got it soon after the restart thanks to Xhaka, who produced the kind of strike to leave Arsenal fans blinking in disbelief. Switzerland had only just avoiding conceding from another Mitrovic header from a corner when they launched an attack that saw the ball break to Xhaka, who lashed it home left-footed first time from 20 yards. In a breathless climax in which either side looked capable of snatching a winner, Mitrovic had a furious penalty appeal turned down for grappling, sparking another video technology row. Stojkovic was then called into serious action to deny Mario Gavranovic from fellow substitute Breel Embolo’s knock-down. But given the politically-charged atmosphere, the clincher seemed destined to come from a Balkan and it was Shaqiri who provided it at the death. Serbia were on the attack when the ball was played forward to the winger, who stayed onside by remaining in his own half before out-sprinting his pursuer and slotting under Stojkovic. Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić refused to comment on the penalty incident and was defiant about his side’s chances of upsetting Brazil. He said: “Nothing is impossible in life. We respect their status as favourites to win but we are going to prepare. They have weak spots that we’ll try to exploit.” 9:07PM Where does this leave the group Serbia need to beat Brazil on Wednesday unless Switzerland are beaten by Costa Rica by a couple of goals - a draw against Costa Rica will suffice for Switzerland. 9:03PM Opta's statistical pointers Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia is the first game at the 2018 World Cup to see a side win from a losing position. As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded. Switzerland have lost just one of their last 24 matches (W17 D6), a 2-0 defeat by Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October 2017. Stephan Lichtsteiner made his ninth World Cup appearance for Switzerland in this game – the most of any Swiss player in history. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 15 starts for Serbia (13 goals, 2 assists). Five of Granit Xhaka’s 10 goals for Switzerland have come from outside the box. Only Josef Hügi (6 goals) has scored more World Cup goals for Switzerland than Xherdan Shaqiri (4, tied with Robert Ballamann & Andre Abegglen). Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six World Cup goals (four goals, one assist). 9:02PM This seems about right Caught on the counter twice. Milivojevic sub was a bad one. We shouldn't have risked it all, a draw is much better than a loss.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 Of course if Brych called that obvious penalty against Mitrovic things could have been different but we would have likely conceded anyway with the way we were playing.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 We did score our goal way too early but that doesn't mean that you automatically have to sit back and absorb pressure right away. We could have won that game in the first half with a bit better approach. Congrats to the Swiss on a great fight.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:58PM How they stand 8:54PM Full time Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Serbia were the better side for more than an hour, defended superbly until that late error and were robbed of a surefire penalty when Mitrovic was bodyslammed by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. They have every right to feel aggrieved. But you have to admire Switzerland's clinical finishing and the way they fought their way back into the game. Terrific match. 8:51PM 90+3 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Drmic replaces Zuber. Shaqiri isi booked for time-wasting. 8:50PM 90 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Akanji defends a cross, Tosic makes a terrible error of judgment on halfway, trying to play offside and steps up which lets Shaqiri run past him and through on goal from 50m. Tosic gives chase but he can't catch him despite his efforts. Out comes Stojkovic and Shaqiri waits for him to commit himself then pokes it under his dive with marvellous composure. Serbia 1 - 2 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 90 min) 8:48PM Goal!! Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Shaqiri on the break and with the composure to slot it in. 8:47PM 89 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It's been a ding dong second-half, supremely enjoyable. Ivanovic stands tall at the cost of a corner. Rodriguez will take from the left. Mitrovic heads it clear from the penalty spot. Serbia have been brilliantly organised at the back and even the goal they conceded was the unfortunate result of a brave block. 8:45PM 87 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Radjonic tears 50m up the left and cuts inside to head from the box. Akanji has the speed and timing to slide in and knock it behind for a corner from which Mitrovic is penalised for holding. 8:44PM 85 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerland free-kick 25m out for a Matic trip. Rodriguez hits it at the wall and it balloons out for a corner. Matic blocks a shot as the ball fell in the box from the cross. Serbia break. 8:43PM 83 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo wins a header and flick it behind the defence and Gavranovic in an undetected offside position scoops his shot at Stojkovic who, after the scare a minute ago, recovers his poise and saves smartly. 8:40PM 81 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo has a dig from 20m and achieves power without precision though Stojkovic palms it down as it's too hot to grasp at first attempt. 8:38PM 79 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kolarov wins a key header at the back post. Switzerland lay siege from 30m out and continue to probe until Xhaka's pass over the top is overclubbed and skips out of play fr a goalkick. Milivojevic is the one to make way for Radonjic, a defensive midfielder for a forward. 8:37PM 78 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Top class defending from Milenkovic. The Red Star striker Radonjic is about to come on. 8:36PM 77 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Ljajic shoots, cutting inside on to his right from the left, but his shot is blocked and Switzerland break at pace, Shaqiri scurrying forward, the 'Magic Cube' accelerating towards the box, feinting this way and that. Milenkovic, though, keeps his eyes on the ball and doesn't buy the dummies. 8:34PM 75 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Rodriguez is having his mouth swabbed for blood, claiming he was elbowed in the universal language of mime. He has to change his shirt and comes on with bloody teeth, like a claret drinker or Dracula. 8:32PM 73 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka, from a mile offside and clear through on goal from the left, skewers his shot into the side-netting. The linesman lets the phase end before he flags. 8:31PM 71 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerlnd sub: Embolo on for Dzemaili. Lichtsteiner and Schaer double team Mitrovic and should have been penalised Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images 8:28PM 68 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland A fine pass form Milikovic-Savic sends Kolarov clear down the left and the captain pings in a daisy-cutter through the six-yard box. Mitrovic doesn't expect it to reach him at the back post so doesn't accelerate but it does elude the defence and he misses it by half a metre or so. For want of a nail ... Serbia vs Switzerland shots on goal 8:25PM 66 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Brilliant cross from Tadic to the back post where Mitrovic is wrestled to the ground by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. Both had their arms wrapped around him as he went up to win the header and grappled him to the ground. That was a stonebonker of a penalty. They double-teamed him and yet the VAR bottles it and the referee ignores it. 8:22PM 64 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland That was Kostic's last act - he is replaced by Ljajic of Torino who started the Costa Rica game. 8:22PM 63 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kostic betrays his frustration with the referee after a tight throw-in call is wrongly given the other way. 3 yellow cards from 7 Serbia fouls ? really Felix Brych? did we just throw out warnings for this match?— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:19PM 61 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic receives a final warning for tussling with Behrami. He has already been booked. Xhaka takes a moment after equalising Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images 8:17PM 58 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Shaqiri, dances around Kolarov on the right, turns and moves a couple of metres back towards his own goal then bends a scorching shot towards the top left corner that shaves the outside of the joint where the post meets the crossbar. Xhaka fires in Switzerland's equaliser Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 8:15PM 56 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Gavranovic has made an instant impact and improvement. He is running the channels hard and getting behind the veteran Ivanovic, testing his ability to turn quickly and putting some pain into his legs. 8:13PM 54 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It looked like the chance had gone when Shaqiri fired his left-foot shot on the break at Kolarov. The ball ricochets out to Xhaka who has been so loose in possession but can still strike a killer shot. It comes to him 22m out and he thrashes it with his left-foot across goal from the left and into the right corner. Utterly unstoppable. Mitrovic should really have scored with that header and yet 20 seconds later their lead instead of being doubled has gone. Pass: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Ricardo Rodríguez, 26 min) 8:10PM Goal!! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka with a left-foot screamer. 8:10PM 52 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Careless Xhaka gives the ball to Tadic who links up with Milinkovic-Savic and Mitrovic at the edge of the box. They play slick passes, Mitrovic holds off Schaer and they win a corner from which Mitrovic sends a towering header over the bar. 8:08PM 51 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez overhits a cross from the left sending it sailing beyond the back post and out for a throw. Gavranovic won the header to play him in having fought to be on the end of Shaqiri's diagonal pass. 8:07PM 50 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Zuber makes hay on the left and gets past Ivanovic when he is found by a crossfield pass but he had strayed offside. 8:06PM 48 min Switzerland begin the half on the front foot and pass it around, probing left and right as Shaqiri is give a free role at the start. 8:04PM 46 min An understandable and overdue switch. Robert Rosario and Jason Lee were more prolific than Seferovic threatened to be. 8:03PM Half-time substitution Mario Gavranovic of Dinamo Zagreb replaces Haris Seferovic for Switzerland. 7:53PM Record-breakers Cue Roy Castle: Mitrovic scores for Serbia and that equals the record for consecutive games at a World Cup without a goalless draw. 26 games, the same as in Switzerland in 1954 when every single game had a goal. Just knockout in those days.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018 7:50PM Half-time As they depart Shaqiri and Mitrovic, who has been outstanding, have a chat about an off-the-ball collision at a corner in the first half. Was it deliberate, Mitrovic catching Shaqiri on the side of his head? Mitrovic is explaining himself, making the case that it was an accident. 7:48PM 45+3 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Matic is booked for flattening Lichtsteiner. And that's the half. 7:47PM 45+2 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland In the last minute of added time Tadic flays a left-foot shot that trims the top of the crossbar. He caught it so crisply from 20m out that you could almost hear the 'whoosh' on the boom microphone. 7:46PM 45 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland fall apart at the corner losing their men and their shape when Tadic whips it into the box from the right. Tosic dives in and would have scored had he timed his leap properly but instead he is to late and flies under the ball. Panic stations in the box but Switzerland get away with it by the skin of their teeth. 7:44PM 43 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Serbia break free on the counter down the left but the cross is too floaty. Then Milinkovic-Savic, who treasures the ball like Swiss Toni and a beautiful woman, kills a firm pass with a lovely touch, takes it in his stride and plays it down the right for Tadic whose cross is blocked behind for a corner. 7:42PM 41 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland At last Switzerland try to pick the lock with a pas slid down the inside left channel where Tosic beats Dzemaili to it by a toenail. 7:40PM 39 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milivojevic for a mistimed sliding tackle on Shaqiri 15m inside the Serbia half. Switzerland move it across the field from right to left and back again but they keep getting crowded out by the compact midfield and defence. 7:39PM 37 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Scaher shoves Mitrovic in the back as the centre-forward tried to shield a cross just to the left of the box. Kolarov will take. He chips it to the near post for Mitrovic's run but a defender wins the header and clears it to the edge of the box. Tadic hits it sweetly on the half-volley but Sommer saves it in relative comfort even it it momentarily stings his palms. Here's Stojkovic's save: Stojkovic thwarts Dzemaili Credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images 7:35PM 35 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milinkovic-Savic who went into a 30-70 challenge for a bouncing ball with Schaer and had his leg raised so high, he studded his opponent in the hip. 7:34PM 33 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Dearie me, that's terrible from Dzemaili who is put through the inside-left channel with Milenkovic slow to turn. But instead of shooting he scoops the ball from left to right across the area and ends the threat. At least I think that's what he was doing, trying to cross it. If it was a shot, it was even worse. 7:32PM 31 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Smart save from Stojkovic, low to his right from 8m when Dzemaili was played through by a cute, dinked pass from Zuber in the inside-right channel. Stojkovic got down quick and used his strong right wrist to divert it behind. That kind of zip, moving the ball at a fair old lick, unsettled Serbia. Attempt Saved: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Blerim Dzemaili, 30 min) 7:29PM 29 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Lichtsteiner's courageous sliding block concedes a throw-in high up the pitch in Serbia's half but thwarted he centre-half's plan to free Mitrovic through the middle. 7:28PM 27 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Xhaka is penalised unjustly for a fair if ungainly tackle on Milivojevic. 7:27PM 25 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Tadic tracks Rodriguez diligently as the Milan full-back chases a long diagonal chip. Tadic watches the ball and nods it out as he backpedalled, safety first. Rodriguez sends in the corner and Mitrovic heads it clear. Serbia vs Switzerland 7:24PM 23 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milenkovic stops Shaqiri's thrusting run at the edge of the Serbia area and plays it up the right for Mitrovic to break. he has many qualities but not searing pace and Akanji closes him down and the two collide with a meaty thud. 7:23PM 21 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Kostic is played in round the back, behind Lichtsteiner and enters the box from the left. Akanji manages to intercept and scramble it clear. Serbia take the lead Credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 7:20PM 18 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland It's a terrific game so far. Serbia are slick and powerful. Tadic plays it out to Ivanovic who sends a deep outswinging cross to the edge of the penalty area. Mitrovic, who has Schaer cowering in his back pocket, takes it on his chest, swivels and floats a 20m bicycle kick over the bar. 7:18PM 15 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic storms forward, tacking from centre to right and, when the defence dissolves in front of him, he whacks a right-foot shot from juts outside of the area, aiming for the top left corner but pulls it wide of his target. A minute earlier Kostoc had tiptoed through the box from the left and scooped a clever cross over Schaer, a bit of an up and under, but Rodriguez managed to get in the way. Possession: Serbia vs Switzerland 7:15PM 13 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic's dander and confidence are up and he's thriving on early crosses but takes this one on from too far out, trying to beat Sommer from 20m and flashes it over the bar. 7:12PM 10 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez makes progress up the left, jinks past Ivanovic to the byeline, then drags back a low pass through the box for Dzemaili who has a clear path to goal form 15m but hooks his left-foot shot wide of the right post. His body shape was all wrong. Here's the goal: Mitrovic puts Serbia into an early lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images 7:10PM 8 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland corner, taken by Shaqiri from the right. Akanji wins the header and flashes it across the box but Matic is there to stop Shaqiri latching on to it. Switzerland are passing it around, probing patiently. 7:08PM 6 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland lost the ball on the left side of their defence about half a minute after Milivojevic had a crisp header saved. Tadic takes it to the corner flag and cuts back on to his left foot to bend in an inswinger towards the centre of goal. Mitrovic makes an angle run across goal, beasts Schaer in the air and steers his header wide of Sommer. Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 5 min) 7:06PM Goal! Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic buries it, heading on Tadic's right-wing cross. 7:05PM 4 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Shaqiri rolls the ball across the park for Akanji who is marauding up the left. He switches it back out to Shaqiri on the right who pings it infield for Xhaka. He takes a touch, accepts the invitation to shoot that is implied by Serbia not closing him down but slices a 25m shot over the bar. 7:03PM 2 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Serbia free-kick 10m into the Switzerland half. Kolarov takes and drives a long diagonal. Mitrovic tries to feed on the scraps of the knockdown but Behrami holds him off and keeps him away from the ball in the box. 7:01PM 1 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland The Serbian anthem was belted out by large swathes of the crowd. The team have based themselves in Kaliningrad and they have plenty of supporters in the stadium. Serbia build an attack up the right and Zuber comes back to help out Rodriguez. 6:56PM Time for the national anthems Tache of the tournament Credit: OZAN KOSE/AFP The Swiss Psalm is even more funereal than our own. 6:54PM The BBC pundits Favour a draw. I'm hoping Switzerland will feel that they have to go for three points in the knowledge that Serbia are capable of getting a point against Brazil. Serbia are in red, Switzerland in white. 6:33PM Meet Vladimir Petkovic Vladimir Petkovic succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland manager after the 2014 World Cup and was sacked by Lazio in January of that year for agreeing to take the job. The Bosnian Croat won the Coppa Italia in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico and had managed six Swiss clubs since ending his playing career in 1997, most notably three years and a league runners-up place with Young Boys. Petkovic took Switzerland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 where they were knocked out in a penalty shootout by Poland Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images Until he took that job in Bern in 2008 Petkovic had combined his football career with working for the Catholic Caritas homeless charity in Locarno and his ‘moral character’ was singled out by the Lazio owner as the reason for hiring such a relatively unknown and unsuccessful coach. 6:22PM Fancy impersonating VAR? What have you come as? test - do not delete How VAR could have changed past World Cups 6:08PM And finally those teams in the classical style Serbia Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Matic, Milivojevic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Mitrovic. Substitutes Rukavina, Spajic, Zivkovic, Prijovic, Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Rodic, Grujic, Ljajic, Radonjic, Jovic Dmitrovic. World Cup record: Serbia Switzerland Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Behrami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Substitutes Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Mvogo, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Bürki. World Cup record: Switzerland Referee Felix Brych (Ger) 6:01PM Spoiler alert Ninety minutes' ebb and flow can be a bit of a distraction for some. If you'd like to know the final score now, have a go on the Telegraph's ingenious prediction brain: World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 5:58PM The rumours were true One change - Kostic replaces Ljajic. Startnih 1⃣1⃣ | ������️���� ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#SrcemSvim ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#Orlovi#WorldCup#SRB#FSSpic.twitter.com/bMDvMc3fIt— Fudbalski savez Srbije | FA Serbia (@FSSrbije) June 22, 2018 5:50PM No official word from Serbia But the well-sourced rumours suggest one change, Adem Ljajic is out and Hamburg's thunderfoot Filip Kostic is in. 5:48PM Switzerland are unchanged Aufstellung / Compo / Formazione#HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra#SRBSUIpic.twitter.com/q64htHAT7Z— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 22, 2018 5:35PM Kaliningrad Stadium You don't have to be a Simon Inglisite to think 'Phwoar!': Kaliningrad Stadum Credit: David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images England play Belgium here on Thursday. 5:29PM Defusing a powder keg Here’s a novelty, a virgin World Cup fixture but of course, in the tortuous history of the Balkans, it isn’t what it seems. Both Fifa and Uefa consider Serbia as the sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro teams and as such hold that Yugoslavia’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland at Belo Horizonte at the 1950 World Cup and Serbia & Montenegro’s win in 2002 qualifying the year before mean that it isn’t strictly a maiden meeting. But the needle has nothing to do with onfield history and everything to do with that complex past. Xherdan Shaqiri is one of three likely Switzerland starters of Kosovan heritage,along with Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami, but will be the only one who will take to the field with a flag of Kosovo embroidered on the heel of one boot. It has not gone down well in Serbia where it has been interpreted as incendiary provocation and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the centre-forward, spoke out against the proclamation of allegiance. “If he loves Kosovo so much and decides to flaunt the flag, why did he refuse a chance to play for their team?” he said. Most matches are enhanced by a whiff of cordite but there is always a danger when fuelled by nationalist rancour that it can rapidly spiral towards combustion. World Cup 2018 stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium Perhaps, given that the match is being played in Kaliningrad, once Königsberg former capital of East Prussia, we should hope that some of the wisdom of the city’s favourite son, Immanuel Kant, prevails: “For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.” Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield. Serbia, too often less than the sum of their parts, gradually prevailed over Costa Rica because of Aleksandar Kolarov’s sumptuous free-kick and the eye-catching attacking thrusts of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. We’ve seen again today how difficult Costa Rica are to beat but it is highly unlikely that the hard-running, niggly Swiss spoilers will afford them any more space to play. It should be tense and may take a touch of Serbia’s traditional midfield ingenuity or Shaqiri’s sporadic class to make it an engaging rather than simply an absorbing game.
Xherdan Shaqiri secures Switzerland precious World Cup win over Serbia with late breakaway winner
It was when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals with the Albanian eagle salute that you knew just how much beating Serbia meant to them. Two players of Kosovan descent not only put Switzerland on the brink of the World Cup knockout stages but they struck a blow for the nation their opponents’ government still refuses to recognise. Whatever Arsenal fans think of Xhaka, surely not even they would begrudge him what must have been one of the most emotional goals of this World Cup, with his father having been imprisoned for campaigning for the independence of Kosovo. His equaliser, cancelling out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early opener, kept Switzerland’s Group E destiny in their own hands before Shaqiri put them firmly in control of it and left Serbia needing to beat Brazil to reach the last 16 for the first time since their country became independent itself. Shaqiri’s stoppage-time winner sparked wild celebrations, the Stoke City winger tearing off his shirt before repeating Xhaka’s earlier gesture, the significance of which he sought to play down afterwards. Shaqiri slots home the winning goal Credit: AFP “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” he said. Both managers, at pains during the build-up to this fixture to steer pre-match talk away from the politics of it, refused to discuss the gestures of Xhaka and Shaqiri. Sarajevo-born Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic said: “It’s clear that emotions show up and that’s how things happen. We, all together, need to stay away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together.” The first meeting of these two sides since the collapse of Yugoslavia had long been billed as a grudge match, given Shaqiri and team-mate Valon Behrami were both born in Kosovo and Xhaka’s family was forced to flee from there. Shaqiri even speaks Albanian at home and has long worn boots bearing the flag of both his adopted country and birthplace, an online picture of which last month prompted a caustic response from Mitrovic. As well as earning their country a Fifa fine for a World War II-era banner in their World Cup opener in Samara, Serbia fans could apparently be heard singing “Kosovo je Srbija” (Kosovo is Serbia) in the city’s bars after the game. In Kaliningrad, a place with its own complex history of nationhood, they made their feelings clear by jeering Switzerland’s Balkan-blooded players from the moment their names were announced over the public address. The jeers turned to cheers when Serbia took the lead inside five minutes. Switzerland failed to learn their lesson as, first, Mitrovic climbed highest to connect with a header that Yann Sommer did well to repel, before the Newcastle United striker outmuscled Fabian Schar to power home Dusan Tadic’s cross moments later. Blerim Dzemaili, another Balkan-born Swiss, screwed wide from Ricardo Rodriguez’s cutback but Mitrovic was winning almost everything in the air. He also saw fit to barge into the back of Shaqiri in what was a visible reminder of the bad blood between them. Switzerland soon began finding their own chinks in their opponents’ back line and would have equalised after half an hour but for a superb reflex save by Vladimir Stojkovic from Dzemaili. Aleksandar Mitrovic heads Serbia in front Credit: Getty Images But they looked like conceding from every high ball and would have done from a corner had Dusko Tosic not failed to connect with a free header and had Nemanja Matic been able to turn in the loose ball just before half-time. Needing a goal to avoid having to cheer on their opponents against Brazil on Wednesday, they got it soon after the restart thanks to Xhaka, who produced the kind of strike to leave Arsenal fans blinking in disbelief. Switzerland had only just avoiding conceding from another Mitrovic header from a corner when they launched an attack that saw the ball break to Xhaka, who lashed it home left-footed first time from 20 yards. In a breathless climax in which either side looked capable of snatching a winner, Mitrovic had a furious penalty appeal turned down for grappling, sparking another video technology row. Stojkovic was then called into serious action to deny Mario Gavranovic from fellow substitute Breel Embolo’s knock-down. But given the politically-charged atmosphere, the clincher seemed destined to come from a Balkan and it was Shaqiri who provided it at the death. Serbia were on the attack when the ball was played forward to the winger, who stayed onside by remaining in his own half before out-sprinting his pursuer and slotting under Stojkovic. Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić refused to comment on the penalty incident and was defiant about his side’s chances of upsetting Brazil. He said: “Nothing is impossible in life. We respect their status as favourites to win but we are going to prepare. They have weak spots that we’ll try to exploit.” 9:07PM Where does this leave the group Serbia need to beat Brazil on Wednesday unless Switzerland are beaten by Costa Rica by a couple of goals - a draw against Costa Rica will suffice for Switzerland. 9:03PM Opta's statistical pointers Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia is the first game at the 2018 World Cup to see a side win from a losing position. As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded. Switzerland have lost just one of their last 24 matches (W17 D6), a 2-0 defeat by Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October 2017. Stephan Lichtsteiner made his ninth World Cup appearance for Switzerland in this game – the most of any Swiss player in history. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 15 starts for Serbia (13 goals, 2 assists). Five of Granit Xhaka’s 10 goals for Switzerland have come from outside the box. Only Josef Hügi (6 goals) has scored more World Cup goals for Switzerland than Xherdan Shaqiri (4, tied with Robert Ballamann & Andre Abegglen). Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six World Cup goals (four goals, one assist). 9:02PM This seems about right Caught on the counter twice. Milivojevic sub was a bad one. We shouldn't have risked it all, a draw is much better than a loss.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 Of course if Brych called that obvious penalty against Mitrovic things could have been different but we would have likely conceded anyway with the way we were playing.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 We did score our goal way too early but that doesn't mean that you automatically have to sit back and absorb pressure right away. We could have won that game in the first half with a bit better approach. Congrats to the Swiss on a great fight.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:58PM How they stand 8:54PM Full time Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Serbia were the better side for more than an hour, defended superbly until that late error and were robbed of a surefire penalty when Mitrovic was bodyslammed by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. They have every right to feel aggrieved. But you have to admire Switzerland's clinical finishing and the way they fought their way back into the game. Terrific match. 8:51PM 90+3 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Drmic replaces Zuber. Shaqiri isi booked for time-wasting. 8:50PM 90 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Akanji defends a cross, Tosic makes a terrible error of judgment on halfway, trying to play offside and steps up which lets Shaqiri run past him and through on goal from 50m. Tosic gives chase but he can't catch him despite his efforts. Out comes Stojkovic and Shaqiri waits for him to commit himself then pokes it under his dive with marvellous composure. Serbia 1 - 2 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 90 min) 8:48PM Goal!! Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Shaqiri on the break and with the composure to slot it in. 8:47PM 89 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It's been a ding dong second-half, supremely enjoyable. Ivanovic stands tall at the cost of a corner. Rodriguez will take from the left. Mitrovic heads it clear from the penalty spot. Serbia have been brilliantly organised at the back and even the goal they conceded was the unfortunate result of a brave block. 8:45PM 87 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Radjonic tears 50m up the left and cuts inside to head from the box. Akanji has the speed and timing to slide in and knock it behind for a corner from which Mitrovic is penalised for holding. 8:44PM 85 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerland free-kick 25m out for a Matic trip. Rodriguez hits it at the wall and it balloons out for a corner. Matic blocks a shot as the ball fell in the box from the cross. Serbia break. 8:43PM 83 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo wins a header and flick it behind the defence and Gavranovic in an undetected offside position scoops his shot at Stojkovic who, after the scare a minute ago, recovers his poise and saves smartly. 8:40PM 81 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo has a dig from 20m and achieves power without precision though Stojkovic palms it down as it's too hot to grasp at first attempt. 8:38PM 79 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kolarov wins a key header at the back post. Switzerland lay siege from 30m out and continue to probe until Xhaka's pass over the top is overclubbed and skips out of play fr a goalkick. Milivojevic is the one to make way for Radonjic, a defensive midfielder for a forward. 8:37PM 78 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Top class defending from Milenkovic. The Red Star striker Radonjic is about to come on. 8:36PM 77 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Ljajic shoots, cutting inside on to his right from the left, but his shot is blocked and Switzerland break at pace, Shaqiri scurrying forward, the 'Magic Cube' accelerating towards the box, feinting this way and that. Milenkovic, though, keeps his eyes on the ball and doesn't buy the dummies. 8:34PM 75 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Rodriguez is having his mouth swabbed for blood, claiming he was elbowed in the universal language of mime. He has to change his shirt and comes on with bloody teeth, like a claret drinker or Dracula. 8:32PM 73 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka, from a mile offside and clear through on goal from the left, skewers his shot into the side-netting. The linesman lets the phase end before he flags. 8:31PM 71 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerlnd sub: Embolo on for Dzemaili. Lichtsteiner and Schaer double team Mitrovic and should have been penalised Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images 8:28PM 68 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland A fine pass form Milikovic-Savic sends Kolarov clear down the left and the captain pings in a daisy-cutter through the six-yard box. Mitrovic doesn't expect it to reach him at the back post so doesn't accelerate but it does elude the defence and he misses it by half a metre or so. For want of a nail ... Serbia vs Switzerland shots on goal 8:25PM 66 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Brilliant cross from Tadic to the back post where Mitrovic is wrestled to the ground by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. Both had their arms wrapped around him as he went up to win the header and grappled him to the ground. That was a stonebonker of a penalty. They double-teamed him and yet the VAR bottles it and the referee ignores it. 8:22PM 64 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland That was Kostic's last act - he is replaced by Ljajic of Torino who started the Costa Rica game. 8:22PM 63 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kostic betrays his frustration with the referee after a tight throw-in call is wrongly given the other way. 3 yellow cards from 7 Serbia fouls ? really Felix Brych? did we just throw out warnings for this match?— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:19PM 61 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic receives a final warning for tussling with Behrami. He has already been booked. Xhaka takes a moment after equalising Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images 8:17PM 58 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Shaqiri, dances around Kolarov on the right, turns and moves a couple of metres back towards his own goal then bends a scorching shot towards the top left corner that shaves the outside of the joint where the post meets the crossbar. Xhaka fires in Switzerland's equaliser Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 8:15PM 56 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Gavranovic has made an instant impact and improvement. He is running the channels hard and getting behind the veteran Ivanovic, testing his ability to turn quickly and putting some pain into his legs. 8:13PM 54 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It looked like the chance had gone when Shaqiri fired his left-foot shot on the break at Kolarov. The ball ricochets out to Xhaka who has been so loose in possession but can still strike a killer shot. It comes to him 22m out and he thrashes it with his left-foot across goal from the left and into the right corner. Utterly unstoppable. Mitrovic should really have scored with that header and yet 20 seconds later their lead instead of being doubled has gone. Pass: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Ricardo Rodríguez, 26 min) 8:10PM Goal!! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka with a left-foot screamer. 8:10PM 52 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Careless Xhaka gives the ball to Tadic who links up with Milinkovic-Savic and Mitrovic at the edge of the box. They play slick passes, Mitrovic holds off Schaer and they win a corner from which Mitrovic sends a towering header over the bar. 8:08PM 51 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez overhits a cross from the left sending it sailing beyond the back post and out for a throw. Gavranovic won the header to play him in having fought to be on the end of Shaqiri's diagonal pass. 8:07PM 50 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Zuber makes hay on the left and gets past Ivanovic when he is found by a crossfield pass but he had strayed offside. 8:06PM 48 min Switzerland begin the half on the front foot and pass it around, probing left and right as Shaqiri is give a free role at the start. 8:04PM 46 min An understandable and overdue switch. Robert Rosario and Jason Lee were more prolific than Seferovic threatened to be. 8:03PM Half-time substitution Mario Gavranovic of Dinamo Zagreb replaces Haris Seferovic for Switzerland. 7:53PM Record-breakers Cue Roy Castle: Mitrovic scores for Serbia and that equals the record for consecutive games at a World Cup without a goalless draw. 26 games, the same as in Switzerland in 1954 when every single game had a goal. Just knockout in those days.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018 7:50PM Half-time As they depart Shaqiri and Mitrovic, who has been outstanding, have a chat about an off-the-ball collision at a corner in the first half. Was it deliberate, Mitrovic catching Shaqiri on the side of his head? Mitrovic is explaining himself, making the case that it was an accident. 7:48PM 45+3 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Matic is booked for flattening Lichtsteiner. And that's the half. 7:47PM 45+2 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland In the last minute of added time Tadic flays a left-foot shot that trims the top of the crossbar. He caught it so crisply from 20m out that you could almost hear the 'whoosh' on the boom microphone. 7:46PM 45 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland fall apart at the corner losing their men and their shape when Tadic whips it into the box from the right. Tosic dives in and would have scored had he timed his leap properly but instead he is to late and flies under the ball. Panic stations in the box but Switzerland get away with it by the skin of their teeth. 7:44PM 43 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Serbia break free on the counter down the left but the cross is too floaty. Then Milinkovic-Savic, who treasures the ball like Swiss Toni and a beautiful woman, kills a firm pass with a lovely touch, takes it in his stride and plays it down the right for Tadic whose cross is blocked behind for a corner. 7:42PM 41 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland At last Switzerland try to pick the lock with a pas slid down the inside left channel where Tosic beats Dzemaili to it by a toenail. 7:40PM 39 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milivojevic for a mistimed sliding tackle on Shaqiri 15m inside the Serbia half. Switzerland move it across the field from right to left and back again but they keep getting crowded out by the compact midfield and defence. 7:39PM 37 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Scaher shoves Mitrovic in the back as the centre-forward tried to shield a cross just to the left of the box. Kolarov will take. He chips it to the near post for Mitrovic's run but a defender wins the header and clears it to the edge of the box. Tadic hits it sweetly on the half-volley but Sommer saves it in relative comfort even it it momentarily stings his palms. Here's Stojkovic's save: Stojkovic thwarts Dzemaili Credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images 7:35PM 35 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milinkovic-Savic who went into a 30-70 challenge for a bouncing ball with Schaer and had his leg raised so high, he studded his opponent in the hip. 7:34PM 33 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Dearie me, that's terrible from Dzemaili who is put through the inside-left channel with Milenkovic slow to turn. But instead of shooting he scoops the ball from left to right across the area and ends the threat. At least I think that's what he was doing, trying to cross it. If it was a shot, it was even worse. 7:32PM 31 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Smart save from Stojkovic, low to his right from 8m when Dzemaili was played through by a cute, dinked pass from Zuber in the inside-right channel. Stojkovic got down quick and used his strong right wrist to divert it behind. That kind of zip, moving the ball at a fair old lick, unsettled Serbia. Attempt Saved: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Blerim Dzemaili, 30 min) 7:29PM 29 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Lichtsteiner's courageous sliding block concedes a throw-in high up the pitch in Serbia's half but thwarted he centre-half's plan to free Mitrovic through the middle. 7:28PM 27 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Xhaka is penalised unjustly for a fair if ungainly tackle on Milivojevic. 7:27PM 25 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Tadic tracks Rodriguez diligently as the Milan full-back chases a long diagonal chip. Tadic watches the ball and nods it out as he backpedalled, safety first. Rodriguez sends in the corner and Mitrovic heads it clear. Serbia vs Switzerland 7:24PM 23 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milenkovic stops Shaqiri's thrusting run at the edge of the Serbia area and plays it up the right for Mitrovic to break. he has many qualities but not searing pace and Akanji closes him down and the two collide with a meaty thud. 7:23PM 21 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Kostic is played in round the back, behind Lichtsteiner and enters the box from the left. Akanji manages to intercept and scramble it clear. Serbia take the lead Credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 7:20PM 18 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland It's a terrific game so far. Serbia are slick and powerful. Tadic plays it out to Ivanovic who sends a deep outswinging cross to the edge of the penalty area. Mitrovic, who has Schaer cowering in his back pocket, takes it on his chest, swivels and floats a 20m bicycle kick over the bar. 7:18PM 15 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic storms forward, tacking from centre to right and, when the defence dissolves in front of him, he whacks a right-foot shot from juts outside of the area, aiming for the top left corner but pulls it wide of his target. A minute earlier Kostoc had tiptoed through the box from the left and scooped a clever cross over Schaer, a bit of an up and under, but Rodriguez managed to get in the way. Possession: Serbia vs Switzerland 7:15PM 13 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic's dander and confidence are up and he's thriving on early crosses but takes this one on from too far out, trying to beat Sommer from 20m and flashes it over the bar. 7:12PM 10 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez makes progress up the left, jinks past Ivanovic to the byeline, then drags back a low pass through the box for Dzemaili who has a clear path to goal form 15m but hooks his left-foot shot wide of the right post. His body shape was all wrong. Here's the goal: Mitrovic puts Serbia into an early lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images 7:10PM 8 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland corner, taken by Shaqiri from the right. Akanji wins the header and flashes it across the box but Matic is there to stop Shaqiri latching on to it. Switzerland are passing it around, probing patiently. 7:08PM 6 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland lost the ball on the left side of their defence about half a minute after Milivojevic had a crisp header saved. Tadic takes it to the corner flag and cuts back on to his left foot to bend in an inswinger towards the centre of goal. Mitrovic makes an angle run across goal, beasts Schaer in the air and steers his header wide of Sommer. Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 5 min) 7:06PM Goal! Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic buries it, heading on Tadic's right-wing cross. 7:05PM 4 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Shaqiri rolls the ball across the park for Akanji who is marauding up the left. He switches it back out to Shaqiri on the right who pings it infield for Xhaka. He takes a touch, accepts the invitation to shoot that is implied by Serbia not closing him down but slices a 25m shot over the bar. 7:03PM 2 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Serbia free-kick 10m into the Switzerland half. Kolarov takes and drives a long diagonal. Mitrovic tries to feed on the scraps of the knockdown but Behrami holds him off and keeps him away from the ball in the box. 7:01PM 1 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland The Serbian anthem was belted out by large swathes of the crowd. The team have based themselves in Kaliningrad and they have plenty of supporters in the stadium. Serbia build an attack up the right and Zuber comes back to help out Rodriguez. 6:56PM Time for the national anthems Tache of the tournament Credit: OZAN KOSE/AFP The Swiss Psalm is even more funereal than our own. 6:54PM The BBC pundits Favour a draw. I'm hoping Switzerland will feel that they have to go for three points in the knowledge that Serbia are capable of getting a point against Brazil. Serbia are in red, Switzerland in white. 6:33PM Meet Vladimir Petkovic Vladimir Petkovic succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland manager after the 2014 World Cup and was sacked by Lazio in January of that year for agreeing to take the job. The Bosnian Croat won the Coppa Italia in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico and had managed six Swiss clubs since ending his playing career in 1997, most notably three years and a league runners-up place with Young Boys. Petkovic took Switzerland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 where they were knocked out in a penalty shootout by Poland Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images Until he took that job in Bern in 2008 Petkovic had combined his football career with working for the Catholic Caritas homeless charity in Locarno and his ‘moral character’ was singled out by the Lazio owner as the reason for hiring such a relatively unknown and unsuccessful coach. 6:22PM Fancy impersonating VAR? What have you come as? test - do not delete How VAR could have changed past World Cups 6:08PM And finally those teams in the classical style Serbia Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Matic, Milivojevic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Mitrovic. Substitutes Rukavina, Spajic, Zivkovic, Prijovic, Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Rodic, Grujic, Ljajic, Radonjic, Jovic Dmitrovic. World Cup record: Serbia Switzerland Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Behrami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Substitutes Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Mvogo, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Bürki. World Cup record: Switzerland Referee Felix Brych (Ger) 6:01PM Spoiler alert Ninety minutes' ebb and flow can be a bit of a distraction for some. If you'd like to know the final score now, have a go on the Telegraph's ingenious prediction brain: World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 5:58PM The rumours were true One change - Kostic replaces Ljajic. Startnih 1⃣1⃣ | ������️���� ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#SrcemSvim ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#Orlovi#WorldCup#SRB#FSSpic.twitter.com/bMDvMc3fIt— Fudbalski savez Srbije | FA Serbia (@FSSrbije) June 22, 2018 5:50PM No official word from Serbia But the well-sourced rumours suggest one change, Adem Ljajic is out and Hamburg's thunderfoot Filip Kostic is in. 5:48PM Switzerland are unchanged Aufstellung / Compo / Formazione#HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra#SRBSUIpic.twitter.com/q64htHAT7Z— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 22, 2018 5:35PM Kaliningrad Stadium You don't have to be a Simon Inglisite to think 'Phwoar!': Kaliningrad Stadum Credit: David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images England play Belgium here on Thursday. 5:29PM Defusing a powder keg Here’s a novelty, a virgin World Cup fixture but of course, in the tortuous history of the Balkans, it isn’t what it seems. Both Fifa and Uefa consider Serbia as the sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro teams and as such hold that Yugoslavia’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland at Belo Horizonte at the 1950 World Cup and Serbia & Montenegro’s win in 2002 qualifying the year before mean that it isn’t strictly a maiden meeting. But the needle has nothing to do with onfield history and everything to do with that complex past. Xherdan Shaqiri is one of three likely Switzerland starters of Kosovan heritage,along with Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami, but will be the only one who will take to the field with a flag of Kosovo embroidered on the heel of one boot. It has not gone down well in Serbia where it has been interpreted as incendiary provocation and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the centre-forward, spoke out against the proclamation of allegiance. “If he loves Kosovo so much and decides to flaunt the flag, why did he refuse a chance to play for their team?” he said. Most matches are enhanced by a whiff of cordite but there is always a danger when fuelled by nationalist rancour that it can rapidly spiral towards combustion. World Cup 2018 stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium Perhaps, given that the match is being played in Kaliningrad, once Königsberg former capital of East Prussia, we should hope that some of the wisdom of the city’s favourite son, Immanuel Kant, prevails: “For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.” Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield. Serbia, too often less than the sum of their parts, gradually prevailed over Costa Rica because of Aleksandar Kolarov’s sumptuous free-kick and the eye-catching attacking thrusts of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. We’ve seen again today how difficult Costa Rica are to beat but it is highly unlikely that the hard-running, niggly Swiss spoilers will afford them any more space to play. It should be tense and may take a touch of Serbia’s traditional midfield ingenuity or Shaqiri’s sporadic class to make it an engaging rather than simply an absorbing game.
It was when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals with the Albanian eagle salute that you knew just how much beating Serbia meant to them. Two players of Kosovan descent not only put Switzerland on the brink of the World Cup knockout stages but they struck a blow for the nation their opponents’ government still refuses to recognise. Whatever Arsenal fans think of Xhaka, surely not even they would begrudge him what must have been one of the most emotional goals of this World Cup, with his father having been imprisoned for campaigning for the independence of Kosovo. His equaliser, cancelling out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early opener, kept Switzerland’s Group E destiny in their own hands before Shaqiri put them firmly in control of it and left Serbia needing to beat Brazil to reach the last 16 for the first time since their country became independent itself. Shaqiri’s stoppage-time winner sparked wild celebrations, the Stoke City winger tearing off his shirt before repeating Xhaka’s earlier gesture, the significance of which he sought to play down afterwards. Shaqiri slots home the winning goal Credit: AFP “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” he said. Both managers, at pains during the build-up to this fixture to steer pre-match talk away from the politics of it, refused to discuss the gestures of Xhaka and Shaqiri. Sarajevo-born Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic said: “It’s clear that emotions show up and that’s how things happen. We, all together, need to stay away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together.” The first meeting of these two sides since the collapse of Yugoslavia had long been billed as a grudge match, given Shaqiri and team-mate Valon Behrami were both born in Kosovo and Xhaka’s family was forced to flee from there. Shaqiri even speaks Albanian at home and has long worn boots bearing the flag of both his adopted country and birthplace, an online picture of which last month prompted a caustic response from Mitrovic. As well as earning their country a Fifa fine for a World War II-era banner in their World Cup opener in Samara, Serbia fans could apparently be heard singing “Kosovo je Srbija” (Kosovo is Serbia) in the city’s bars after the game. In Kaliningrad, a place with its own complex history of nationhood, they made their feelings clear by jeering Switzerland’s Balkan-blooded players from the moment their names were announced over the public address. The jeers turned to cheers when Serbia took the lead inside five minutes. Switzerland failed to learn their lesson as, first, Mitrovic climbed highest to connect with a header that Yann Sommer did well to repel, before the Newcastle United striker outmuscled Fabian Schar to power home Dusan Tadic’s cross moments later. Blerim Dzemaili, another Balkan-born Swiss, screwed wide from Ricardo Rodriguez’s cutback but Mitrovic was winning almost everything in the air. He also saw fit to barge into the back of Shaqiri in what was a visible reminder of the bad blood between them. Switzerland soon began finding their own chinks in their opponents’ back line and would have equalised after half an hour but for a superb reflex save by Vladimir Stojkovic from Dzemaili. Aleksandar Mitrovic heads Serbia in front Credit: Getty Images But they looked like conceding from every high ball and would have done from a corner had Dusko Tosic not failed to connect with a free header and had Nemanja Matic been able to turn in the loose ball just before half-time. Needing a goal to avoid having to cheer on their opponents against Brazil on Wednesday, they got it soon after the restart thanks to Xhaka, who produced the kind of strike to leave Arsenal fans blinking in disbelief. Switzerland had only just avoiding conceding from another Mitrovic header from a corner when they launched an attack that saw the ball break to Xhaka, who lashed it home left-footed first time from 20 yards. In a breathless climax in which either side looked capable of snatching a winner, Mitrovic had a furious penalty appeal turned down for grappling, sparking another video technology row. Stojkovic was then called into serious action to deny Mario Gavranovic from fellow substitute Breel Embolo’s knock-down. But given the politically-charged atmosphere, the clincher seemed destined to come from a Balkan and it was Shaqiri who provided it at the death. Serbia were on the attack when the ball was played forward to the winger, who stayed onside by remaining in his own half before out-sprinting his pursuer and slotting under Stojkovic. Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić refused to comment on the penalty incident and was defiant about his side’s chances of upsetting Brazil. He said: “Nothing is impossible in life. We respect their status as favourites to win but we are going to prepare. They have weak spots that we’ll try to exploit.” 9:07PM Where does this leave the group Serbia need to beat Brazil on Wednesday unless Switzerland are beaten by Costa Rica by a couple of goals - a draw against Costa Rica will suffice for Switzerland. 9:03PM Opta's statistical pointers Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia is the first game at the 2018 World Cup to see a side win from a losing position. As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded. Switzerland have lost just one of their last 24 matches (W17 D6), a 2-0 defeat by Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October 2017. Stephan Lichtsteiner made his ninth World Cup appearance for Switzerland in this game – the most of any Swiss player in history. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 15 starts for Serbia (13 goals, 2 assists). Five of Granit Xhaka’s 10 goals for Switzerland have come from outside the box. Only Josef Hügi (6 goals) has scored more World Cup goals for Switzerland than Xherdan Shaqiri (4, tied with Robert Ballamann & Andre Abegglen). Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six World Cup goals (four goals, one assist). 9:02PM This seems about right Caught on the counter twice. Milivojevic sub was a bad one. We shouldn't have risked it all, a draw is much better than a loss.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 Of course if Brych called that obvious penalty against Mitrovic things could have been different but we would have likely conceded anyway with the way we were playing.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 We did score our goal way too early but that doesn't mean that you automatically have to sit back and absorb pressure right away. We could have won that game in the first half with a bit better approach. Congrats to the Swiss on a great fight.— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:58PM How they stand 8:54PM Full time Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Serbia were the better side for more than an hour, defended superbly until that late error and were robbed of a surefire penalty when Mitrovic was bodyslammed by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. They have every right to feel aggrieved. But you have to admire Switzerland's clinical finishing and the way they fought their way back into the game. Terrific match. 8:51PM 90+3 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Drmic replaces Zuber. Shaqiri isi booked for time-wasting. 8:50PM 90 min Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Akanji defends a cross, Tosic makes a terrible error of judgment on halfway, trying to play offside and steps up which lets Shaqiri run past him and through on goal from 50m. Tosic gives chase but he can't catch him despite his efforts. Out comes Stojkovic and Shaqiri waits for him to commit himself then pokes it under his dive with marvellous composure. Serbia 1 - 2 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 90 min) 8:48PM Goal!! Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Shaqiri on the break and with the composure to slot it in. 8:47PM 89 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It's been a ding dong second-half, supremely enjoyable. Ivanovic stands tall at the cost of a corner. Rodriguez will take from the left. Mitrovic heads it clear from the penalty spot. Serbia have been brilliantly organised at the back and even the goal they conceded was the unfortunate result of a brave block. 8:45PM 87 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Radjonic tears 50m up the left and cuts inside to head from the box. Akanji has the speed and timing to slide in and knock it behind for a corner from which Mitrovic is penalised for holding. 8:44PM 85 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerland free-kick 25m out for a Matic trip. Rodriguez hits it at the wall and it balloons out for a corner. Matic blocks a shot as the ball fell in the box from the cross. Serbia break. 8:43PM 83 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo wins a header and flick it behind the defence and Gavranovic in an undetected offside position scoops his shot at Stojkovic who, after the scare a minute ago, recovers his poise and saves smartly. 8:40PM 81 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Embolo has a dig from 20m and achieves power without precision though Stojkovic palms it down as it's too hot to grasp at first attempt. 8:38PM 79 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kolarov wins a key header at the back post. Switzerland lay siege from 30m out and continue to probe until Xhaka's pass over the top is overclubbed and skips out of play fr a goalkick. Milivojevic is the one to make way for Radonjic, a defensive midfielder for a forward. 8:37PM 78 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Top class defending from Milenkovic. The Red Star striker Radonjic is about to come on. 8:36PM 77 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Ljajic shoots, cutting inside on to his right from the left, but his shot is blocked and Switzerland break at pace, Shaqiri scurrying forward, the 'Magic Cube' accelerating towards the box, feinting this way and that. Milenkovic, though, keeps his eyes on the ball and doesn't buy the dummies. 8:34PM 75 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Rodriguez is having his mouth swabbed for blood, claiming he was elbowed in the universal language of mime. He has to change his shirt and comes on with bloody teeth, like a claret drinker or Dracula. 8:32PM 73 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka, from a mile offside and clear through on goal from the left, skewers his shot into the side-netting. The linesman lets the phase end before he flags. 8:31PM 71 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Switzerlnd sub: Embolo on for Dzemaili. Lichtsteiner and Schaer double team Mitrovic and should have been penalised Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images 8:28PM 68 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland A fine pass form Milikovic-Savic sends Kolarov clear down the left and the captain pings in a daisy-cutter through the six-yard box. Mitrovic doesn't expect it to reach him at the back post so doesn't accelerate but it does elude the defence and he misses it by half a metre or so. For want of a nail ... Serbia vs Switzerland shots on goal 8:25PM 66 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Brilliant cross from Tadic to the back post where Mitrovic is wrestled to the ground by Lichtsteiner and Schaer. Both had their arms wrapped around him as he went up to win the header and grappled him to the ground. That was a stonebonker of a penalty. They double-teamed him and yet the VAR bottles it and the referee ignores it. 8:22PM 64 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland That was Kostic's last act - he is replaced by Ljajic of Torino who started the Costa Rica game. 8:22PM 63 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Kostic betrays his frustration with the referee after a tight throw-in call is wrongly given the other way. 3 yellow cards from 7 Serbia fouls ? really Felix Brych? did we just throw out warnings for this match?— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) June 22, 2018 8:19PM 61 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic receives a final warning for tussling with Behrami. He has already been booked. Xhaka takes a moment after equalising Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images 8:17PM 58 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Shaqiri, dances around Kolarov on the right, turns and moves a couple of metres back towards his own goal then bends a scorching shot towards the top left corner that shaves the outside of the joint where the post meets the crossbar. Xhaka fires in Switzerland's equaliser Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 8:15PM 56 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Gavranovic has made an instant impact and improvement. He is running the channels hard and getting behind the veteran Ivanovic, testing his ability to turn quickly and putting some pain into his legs. 8:13PM 54 min Serbia 1-1 Switzerland It looked like the chance had gone when Shaqiri fired his left-foot shot on the break at Kolarov. The ball ricochets out to Xhaka who has been so loose in possession but can still strike a killer shot. It comes to him 22m out and he thrashes it with his left-foot across goal from the left and into the right corner. Utterly unstoppable. Mitrovic should really have scored with that header and yet 20 seconds later their lead instead of being doubled has gone. Pass: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Ricardo Rodríguez, 26 min) 8:10PM Goal!! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland Xhaka with a left-foot screamer. 8:10PM 52 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Careless Xhaka gives the ball to Tadic who links up with Milinkovic-Savic and Mitrovic at the edge of the box. They play slick passes, Mitrovic holds off Schaer and they win a corner from which Mitrovic sends a towering header over the bar. 8:08PM 51 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez overhits a cross from the left sending it sailing beyond the back post and out for a throw. Gavranovic won the header to play him in having fought to be on the end of Shaqiri's diagonal pass. 8:07PM 50 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Zuber makes hay on the left and gets past Ivanovic when he is found by a crossfield pass but he had strayed offside. 8:06PM 48 min Switzerland begin the half on the front foot and pass it around, probing left and right as Shaqiri is give a free role at the start. 8:04PM 46 min An understandable and overdue switch. Robert Rosario and Jason Lee were more prolific than Seferovic threatened to be. 8:03PM Half-time substitution Mario Gavranovic of Dinamo Zagreb replaces Haris Seferovic for Switzerland. 7:53PM Record-breakers Cue Roy Castle: Mitrovic scores for Serbia and that equals the record for consecutive games at a World Cup without a goalless draw. 26 games, the same as in Switzerland in 1954 when every single game had a goal. Just knockout in those days.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018 7:50PM Half-time As they depart Shaqiri and Mitrovic, who has been outstanding, have a chat about an off-the-ball collision at a corner in the first half. Was it deliberate, Mitrovic catching Shaqiri on the side of his head? Mitrovic is explaining himself, making the case that it was an accident. 7:48PM 45+3 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Matic is booked for flattening Lichtsteiner. And that's the half. 7:47PM 45+2 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland In the last minute of added time Tadic flays a left-foot shot that trims the top of the crossbar. He caught it so crisply from 20m out that you could almost hear the 'whoosh' on the boom microphone. 7:46PM 45 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland fall apart at the corner losing their men and their shape when Tadic whips it into the box from the right. Tosic dives in and would have scored had he timed his leap properly but instead he is to late and flies under the ball. Panic stations in the box but Switzerland get away with it by the skin of their teeth. 7:44PM 43 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Serbia break free on the counter down the left but the cross is too floaty. Then Milinkovic-Savic, who treasures the ball like Swiss Toni and a beautiful woman, kills a firm pass with a lovely touch, takes it in his stride and plays it down the right for Tadic whose cross is blocked behind for a corner. 7:42PM 41 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland At last Switzerland try to pick the lock with a pas slid down the inside left channel where Tosic beats Dzemaili to it by a toenail. 7:40PM 39 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milivojevic for a mistimed sliding tackle on Shaqiri 15m inside the Serbia half. Switzerland move it across the field from right to left and back again but they keep getting crowded out by the compact midfield and defence. 7:39PM 37 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Scaher shoves Mitrovic in the back as the centre-forward tried to shield a cross just to the left of the box. Kolarov will take. He chips it to the near post for Mitrovic's run but a defender wins the header and clears it to the edge of the box. Tadic hits it sweetly on the half-volley but Sommer saves it in relative comfort even it it momentarily stings his palms. Here's Stojkovic's save: Stojkovic thwarts Dzemaili Credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images 7:35PM 35 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Yellow card for Milinkovic-Savic who went into a 30-70 challenge for a bouncing ball with Schaer and had his leg raised so high, he studded his opponent in the hip. 7:34PM 33 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Dearie me, that's terrible from Dzemaili who is put through the inside-left channel with Milenkovic slow to turn. But instead of shooting he scoops the ball from left to right across the area and ends the threat. At least I think that's what he was doing, trying to cross it. If it was a shot, it was even worse. 7:32PM 31 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Smart save from Stojkovic, low to his right from 8m when Dzemaili was played through by a cute, dinked pass from Zuber in the inside-right channel. Stojkovic got down quick and used his strong right wrist to divert it behind. That kind of zip, moving the ball at a fair old lick, unsettled Serbia. Attempt Saved: Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Blerim Dzemaili, 30 min) 7:29PM 29 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Lichtsteiner's courageous sliding block concedes a throw-in high up the pitch in Serbia's half but thwarted he centre-half's plan to free Mitrovic through the middle. 7:28PM 27 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Xhaka is penalised unjustly for a fair if ungainly tackle on Milivojevic. 7:27PM 25 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Tadic tracks Rodriguez diligently as the Milan full-back chases a long diagonal chip. Tadic watches the ball and nods it out as he backpedalled, safety first. Rodriguez sends in the corner and Mitrovic heads it clear. Serbia vs Switzerland 7:24PM 23 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milenkovic stops Shaqiri's thrusting run at the edge of the Serbia area and plays it up the right for Mitrovic to break. he has many qualities but not searing pace and Akanji closes him down and the two collide with a meaty thud. 7:23PM 21 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Kostic is played in round the back, behind Lichtsteiner and enters the box from the left. Akanji manages to intercept and scramble it clear. Serbia take the lead Credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 7:20PM 18 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland It's a terrific game so far. Serbia are slick and powerful. Tadic plays it out to Ivanovic who sends a deep outswinging cross to the edge of the penalty area. Mitrovic, who has Schaer cowering in his back pocket, takes it on his chest, swivels and floats a 20m bicycle kick over the bar. 7:18PM 15 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Milinkovic-Savic storms forward, tacking from centre to right and, when the defence dissolves in front of him, he whacks a right-foot shot from juts outside of the area, aiming for the top left corner but pulls it wide of his target. A minute earlier Kostoc had tiptoed through the box from the left and scooped a clever cross over Schaer, a bit of an up and under, but Rodriguez managed to get in the way. Possession: Serbia vs Switzerland 7:15PM 13 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic's dander and confidence are up and he's thriving on early crosses but takes this one on from too far out, trying to beat Sommer from 20m and flashes it over the bar. 7:12PM 10 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Rodriguez makes progress up the left, jinks past Ivanovic to the byeline, then drags back a low pass through the box for Dzemaili who has a clear path to goal form 15m but hooks his left-foot shot wide of the right post. His body shape was all wrong. Here's the goal: Mitrovic puts Serbia into an early lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images 7:10PM 8 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland corner, taken by Shaqiri from the right. Akanji wins the header and flashes it across the box but Matic is there to stop Shaqiri latching on to it. Switzerland are passing it around, probing patiently. 7:08PM 6 min Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Switzerland lost the ball on the left side of their defence about half a minute after Milivojevic had a crisp header saved. Tadic takes it to the corner flag and cuts back on to his left foot to bend in an inswinger towards the centre of goal. Mitrovic makes an angle run across goal, beasts Schaer in the air and steers his header wide of Sommer. Serbia 1 - 0 Switzerland (Aleksandar Mitrovic, 5 min) 7:06PM Goal! Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Mitrovic buries it, heading on Tadic's right-wing cross. 7:05PM 4 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Shaqiri rolls the ball across the park for Akanji who is marauding up the left. He switches it back out to Shaqiri on the right who pings it infield for Xhaka. He takes a touch, accepts the invitation to shoot that is implied by Serbia not closing him down but slices a 25m shot over the bar. 7:03PM 2 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland Serbia free-kick 10m into the Switzerland half. Kolarov takes and drives a long diagonal. Mitrovic tries to feed on the scraps of the knockdown but Behrami holds him off and keeps him away from the ball in the box. 7:01PM 1 min Serbia 0-0 Switzerland The Serbian anthem was belted out by large swathes of the crowd. The team have based themselves in Kaliningrad and they have plenty of supporters in the stadium. Serbia build an attack up the right and Zuber comes back to help out Rodriguez. 6:56PM Time for the national anthems Tache of the tournament Credit: OZAN KOSE/AFP The Swiss Psalm is even more funereal than our own. 6:54PM The BBC pundits Favour a draw. I'm hoping Switzerland will feel that they have to go for three points in the knowledge that Serbia are capable of getting a point against Brazil. Serbia are in red, Switzerland in white. 6:33PM Meet Vladimir Petkovic Vladimir Petkovic succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland manager after the 2014 World Cup and was sacked by Lazio in January of that year for agreeing to take the job. The Bosnian Croat won the Coppa Italia in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico and had managed six Swiss clubs since ending his playing career in 1997, most notably three years and a league runners-up place with Young Boys. Petkovic took Switzerland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 where they were knocked out in a penalty shootout by Poland Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images Until he took that job in Bern in 2008 Petkovic had combined his football career with working for the Catholic Caritas homeless charity in Locarno and his ‘moral character’ was singled out by the Lazio owner as the reason for hiring such a relatively unknown and unsuccessful coach. 6:22PM Fancy impersonating VAR? What have you come as? test - do not delete How VAR could have changed past World Cups 6:08PM And finally those teams in the classical style Serbia Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Matic, Milivojevic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Mitrovic. Substitutes Rukavina, Spajic, Zivkovic, Prijovic, Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Rodic, Grujic, Ljajic, Radonjic, Jovic Dmitrovic. World Cup record: Serbia Switzerland Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Behrami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Substitutes Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Mvogo, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Bürki. World Cup record: Switzerland Referee Felix Brych (Ger) 6:01PM Spoiler alert Ninety minutes' ebb and flow can be a bit of a distraction for some. If you'd like to know the final score now, have a go on the Telegraph's ingenious prediction brain: World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 5:58PM The rumours were true One change - Kostic replaces Ljajic. Startnih 1⃣1⃣ | ������️���� ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#SrcemSvim ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#Orlovi#WorldCup#SRB#FSSpic.twitter.com/bMDvMc3fIt— Fudbalski savez Srbije | FA Serbia (@FSSrbije) June 22, 2018 5:50PM No official word from Serbia But the well-sourced rumours suggest one change, Adem Ljajic is out and Hamburg's thunderfoot Filip Kostic is in. 5:48PM Switzerland are unchanged Aufstellung / Compo / Formazione#HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra#SRBSUIpic.twitter.com/q64htHAT7Z— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 22, 2018 5:35PM Kaliningrad Stadium You don't have to be a Simon Inglisite to think 'Phwoar!': Kaliningrad Stadum Credit: David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images England play Belgium here on Thursday. 5:29PM Defusing a powder keg Here’s a novelty, a virgin World Cup fixture but of course, in the tortuous history of the Balkans, it isn’t what it seems. Both Fifa and Uefa consider Serbia as the sole successor of the Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro teams and as such hold that Yugoslavia’s 3-0 victory over Switzerland at Belo Horizonte at the 1950 World Cup and Serbia & Montenegro’s win in 2002 qualifying the year before mean that it isn’t strictly a maiden meeting. But the needle has nothing to do with onfield history and everything to do with that complex past. Xherdan Shaqiri is one of three likely Switzerland starters of Kosovan heritage,along with Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami, but will be the only one who will take to the field with a flag of Kosovo embroidered on the heel of one boot. It has not gone down well in Serbia where it has been interpreted as incendiary provocation and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the centre-forward, spoke out against the proclamation of allegiance. “If he loves Kosovo so much and decides to flaunt the flag, why did he refuse a chance to play for their team?” he said. Most matches are enhanced by a whiff of cordite but there is always a danger when fuelled by nationalist rancour that it can rapidly spiral towards combustion. World Cup 2018 stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium Perhaps, given that the match is being played in Kaliningrad, once Königsberg former capital of East Prussia, we should hope that some of the wisdom of the city’s favourite son, Immanuel Kant, prevails: “For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.” Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield. Serbia, too often less than the sum of their parts, gradually prevailed over Costa Rica because of Aleksandar Kolarov’s sumptuous free-kick and the eye-catching attacking thrusts of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. We’ve seen again today how difficult Costa Rica are to beat but it is highly unlikely that the hard-running, niggly Swiss spoilers will afford them any more space to play. It should be tense and may take a touch of Serbia’s traditional midfield ingenuity or Shaqiri’s sporadic class to make it an engaging rather than simply an absorbing game.