Colombia win 'dedicated to Sanchez', says Pekerman

Colombia win 'dedicated to Sanchez', says Pekerman

Colombia win 'dedicated to Sanchez', says Pekerman

Poland is eighth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, Colombia is 16th - and both face the prospect of an early World Cup exit when they meet in Kazan. Because of his experience he's an interesting, important player for Colombia, but we are talking about an important position and can't make a mistake there. The country first qualified for the sport's marquee tournament in 1998 and hasn't missed a World Cup since, reaching the round of 16 in 2002 and 2010.

It was one of the moments of the World Cup thus far. The change from the 4-4-2 he played against Poland showed his attacking intent and his team quickly repaid him.

Colombia's performance against Poland was one for the ages as Los Cafeteros ran rampant for 90 minutes, smashing in three goals and eliminating the team that many thought would win Group H. We discuss Colombia's attack-and our love for Juan Cuadrado-how Group H could shake out after the final day and much more.

The team will now go on to play without Sanchez, with either Wilmar Barrios or Mateus Uribe likely to take his place.

It appeared to pay off when the unfancied Asians stunned 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opener, and on 34 minutes they were level with Senegal when Takashi Inui bent the ball wonderfully into the bottom corner.

We might have known there would be drama aplenty when Colombian Carlos Sanchez was sent off for imitating a goalkeeper exactly 180 seconds into the first Group H match, forcing Jose Pekerman's team to play a man down for 92 minutes, including stoppage time, in an eventual 2-1 loss the Japanese.

Meanwhile, Japan skipper Makoto Hasebe felt that despite a major win, his side has to be grounded as Senegal will be a completely different story. "Everyone has players who has the humility and that allows us to win". But more importantly, if their pre-game warmup dances tell us anything, they seem to be having the most fun.

Midfielder James Rodriguez, victor of the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, returned to the starting lineup after injury and played a part in two of the goals as Colombia got back on track after their opening loss to Japan. Samurai Blue, with their clever passing and possession-based style of play, make for an interesting clash of styles.

Poland are still "angry" about their shock defeat in the World Cup opener against Senegal and their rancour will propel them to victory against Colombia, coach Adam Nawalka said on Saturday.

Senegal's charismatic, 42-year-old coach, Aliou Cisse, became an Internet darling after his fist-pumping celebration and emphatic sideline gestures during the win over Poland.

"James is doing very well and that's what we've seen in training".

"We really wanted to win, we wanted to equalize and also take the lead even though there was only a short period of time left". He was dropping deeper and finding good spaces against Colombia, and his use of the ball in the second half was particularly effective.

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