#WC2018: Mina gives Colombia 1-0 halftime lead vs Poland

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Colombia lead Poland 1-0 at halftime in the much-win second group game in Kazan.

Yerry Mina outjumped the Poland defenders to open the scoring with a fine header from a James Rodriguez cross in the 40th minute, rewarding a spell of domination by the Colombians.

Both teams opened with 2-1 losses in Group H, and knew going into the match that another loss would end their hopes of advancing at the World Cup.

Colombia was upset by Japan, becoming the first South American team to lose a game to an Asian team at the World Cup. Poland lost to Senegal, who are back at the World Cup for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals in 2002.

Senegal and Japan had a 2-2 draw earlier Sunday and lead the group with four points apiece. The atmosphere is hot and humid in the Tatarstan's capital and early exchanges have been heated with lots of hard impacts in duels.

Poland got away to an aggressive start and tried to impose a fast pace, pressing its opponents very high on the pitch and winning most of the duels in the opening minutes.

Colombia gradually settled in, though, with its midfielders providing attacking width and playmaker Juan Quintero being a constant threat.

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