It certainly is not long, but Colombia presents itself after a convincing win against Poland as a possible to fear opponent for the Red Devils. No less than 0-3 it was in Kazan, with which 'Los Cafeteros' were completely recovered from the libelous defeat against Japan. The Poles will first be smeared with pitch and feathers before returning home as the first European country.
Striking name in the base at Colombia was James Rodriguez, for whom there was only a raid on Japan - not quite fit yet. Izquierdo became the child of the bill. Colombia immediately showed itself to be the dominant team. Not that suddenly the 'toque toque' was performed with which Colombia in the 90s caused a furore and on which the later tiki taka of Barça is based, but there was a constant threat. Perhaps the presence of both Carlos Valderrama and René Higuita in Kazan inspired José Pekerman's eleven. At the stroke of rest, Colombia broke the spell when James painted the ball on the head of FC Barcelona defender Jerry Mina.
The second half became one long agony for Poland - just a shadow of the energetic team at recent European Championships and World Championships. After the loss against Senegal, Poland is the first European country that is already certain of the exit. Seen someone Lewandowski? Colombia was playing better and better. Central midfielder Quintero-strong party-operated Falcao to size and 'El Tigre' proved at age 32 that he still knows the goal. Also an active Cuadrado worked nicely on James's great assist. A ball on which De Bruyne would have been jealous. The Colombian oles already flew massively from the stands in the Kazan Arena. On to an eighth final against - who knows - Belgium?
Pekerman opted for a 4-2-3-1 and optimally exploited the offensive qualities of this Colombia. Falcao deep with the delicious trio James behind on the left, Quintero as number ten and Cuadrado on the right. It was that foursome that caused all the damage. James took care of two pure assists, Quintero the other. And Cuadrado and Falcao let the massively traveled Colombian fans go crazy with a handsome goal. Playing the Devils against Colombia in the eighth final, that will be a first test for our rearguard.
Behind that quartet, Aguilar and, above all, Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors) took care of the balance and the recuperation. Our confidence in the Argentine competition has been restored to this. After the gruesome performances of a few young gauchos on Thursday evening in Croatia-Argentina, Quintero also excelled in addition to Barrios. He plays for River Plate.
Man of the match: James Rodriguez
It is understandable that Bayern Munich wants to bind this James longer. Just like four years ago, when he showed himself to the outside world at the World Cup in Brazil and decorated a transfer to Real Madrid, he excelled again today on the biggest football scene. His first assist on the tree-long defender Mina, who only had to catch up, was already enjoying himself, his second was of an even higher level. From his left flank Cuadrado perfectly through the offside trap piloted. The assist of this World Cup so far. College football.