Sometimes the answer comes by changing the question. Rather than asking whether he should play James Rodríguez – now he was sufficiently recovered from his calf injury to start – or Juan Quintero, and coming up with a fairly obvious response, José Pekerman selected both and was rewarded not merely with a result that keeps alive Colombia’s hopes of making the last 16, but with a performance that made them look like a side that could go a long, long way in the tournament.
Rodríguez and Quintero are contrasting styles of No 10, the modern dynamic runner and the more traditional variant, to be celebrated, perhaps, for what might most politely be referred to as his cerebral approach and economy of movement. Playing them together seemed a major risk, but along with Juan Cuadrado, Colombia’s creative trident picked Poland apart with clinical beauty.
Written by Jonathan Wilson at the Kazan Arena
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/24/poland-colombia-world-cup-match-report under the title “Colombia’s triple hammer blow dumps Poland out of World Cup”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.