Colombia prepares for must-win battle against Poland

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"I treat all games seriously", he said, according to

England's young and free-flowing team banished the ghost of past national failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of a feeble Panama on Sunday that included a hat-trick by Harry Kane and eased them into the last 16.

Roman Torres missed a good chance just before Felipe Baloy's consolation strike.

The Three Lions impressed in the first half of their win against Tunisia but also showed their inexperience, making the match a lot harder than it should have been after the break.

"We were very impressed", Japan defender Maya Yoshida said.

It's clear that England are a cohesive and able attacking unit, it's less clear whether that's true of their defence.

The game played at the Ekaterinburg Stadium in Russian Federation on Sunday was their second group game at the mundial, and a win could have placed them on the edge of advancing to the next round.

A loss―or even a draw―would be disastrous, especially if Japan and Senegal share the spoils a few hours earlier.

Even already eliminated Poland's performance against the Blue Samurai on the last day of the group stage will go a long way towards determining who shares their misery by going home along with them.

Star striker Radamel Falcao for one will be looking to undo the memory of his first ever World Cup appearance by registering a win for Colombia. But Japan stunned 10-man Colombia and Nishino revealed that some of his players had wanted to settle for a draw after 45 minutes with the scores locked at 1-1. Senegal has been a blast to watch, showing off copious amounts of skill and terrific work by coach Aliou Cissé to have four points from two games.

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Japan will advance if they win and Poland do not (19.0%).

Inui was once more his side's stand-out player.

KAZAN, June 23 ― Japan icon Keisuke Honda's dream of winning the World Cup began when, as a six-year-old, his father showed him footage of Brazilian legend Pele on an old VCR.

"To submit myself to the kind of football Halilhodzic played in order to get picked, that would be shameful for me".

Both Poland and Colombia fell short of the expectations in their first fixture, setting up a do-or-die situation for both sides on Sunday.

James's inch-perfect, drinked cross found the head of defender Yerry Mina, who nodded in to give Colombia the lead five minutes before half-time.

Every team at the 2018 World Cup has played two matches, and now the final group stages matches will arrive with so much to play for. Radamel Falcao hit a lovely finish to put the Cafeteros up 2-0, scoring the first World Cup goal of his stellar career at the age of 32. The team that wins will almost qualify. Senegal did not look all that strong in its match, but did enough to gain the victory.

Without wishing to take anything away from a hugely impressive Japan performance, they were offered a huge helping hand by a Carlos Sanchez brainfade which handed Japan a penalty and a one-man advantage for nearly the entire 90 minutes.

A "furious and upset" El Diego has announced that he wants to meet with the Argentina squad in the aftermath of their 3-0 to Croatia.