World Cup: Colombia Knocks Poland Out of the World Cup, 3-0

What to Know

  • Colombia eliminated Poland with a 3-0 victory
  • Japan and Senegal had a 2-2 draw that will keep the two underdogs atop the World Cup group
  • England beat Panama 6-1 and secured a place in the last 16 with a game to spare

Radamel Falcao's first career World Cup goal has helped Colombia keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of the World Cup and eliminate Poland with a 3-0 win.

A Yerry Mina header from a floated James Rodriguez pass put Colombia in front just before halftime.

Falcao made it 2-0 in the 70th before Juan Cuadrado sealed it in the 75th on a breakaway after Poland gave the ball away at midfield.

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. Poland came into the tournament ranked eighth in the world.

Japan and Senegal have had a 2-2 draw in a result that will keep the two underdogs atop the World Cup group.

Both teams opened with surprising 2-1 wins— Japan over Colombia and Senegal over Poland — and lead Group H with four points.

Colombia and Poland were playing later Sunday.

Sadio Mane scored the opener for Senegal in the 11th minute after finding himself in the right spot and deflected the ball past goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

Takashi Inui equalized with a low right-foot in the 34th.

Senegal regained the lead in the 71st when Moussa Wague scored from close range but veteran Keisuke Honda equalized again for Japan six minutes after coming off the bench.

Harry Kane scored a hat trick to help England to its most one-sided World Cup victory, a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday that secured a place in the last 16 with a game to spare.

John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another. England's previous high for goals in a World Cup match was set in its 4-2 victory over Germany in 1966 final.

Two of Kane's goals came from the penalty spot and the third via his heel. He leads the tournament with five goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.

England goes into the Group G finale against Belgium level on points and with the same goal difference after conceding a late goal against Panama, which was eliminated after two matches in its World Cup debut.

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