Colombia produced a stylish display to claim a 3-0 victory that keeps their World Cup hopes alive and eliminates Poland following a crucial Group H clash in Kazan.
Barcelona defender, Yerry Mina snatched the opener when he nodded home James Rodriguez’s sumptuous cross five minutes prior to the break.
Radamel Falcao then doubled the lead with a clinical finish deep into the second half before Juan Cuadrado ran clear to seal the points with a third 15 minutes from time.
Japan’s 2-2 draw with Senegal earlier in the day meant both sides knew they couldn’t afford another defeat, but Poland rarely looked like troubling the South Americans with talisman Robert Lewandowski too often a peripheral figure.
Colombia looked the more inventive with Juan Quintero, Rodriguez and Cuadrado particularly impressive.
Jose Pekerman’s side will now meet Senegal in Samara on Thursday knowing a victory will clinch a place in the last 16. Poland sign off against Japan, who will also progress if they beat the Poles in Volgograd.