Place: Russia. Kazan. Kazan Arena.
Date: on the 24th of June, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, group H, 2nd round.
Poland (the head coach Adam Nawałka)
The previous FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, when Spain, Italy, England and Portugal didn’t participate in the 1/8 finals has demonstrated, how unpredictable can be a group stage of the World Cup. And Spain at that time was also the defending champions of the World and Europe.
And now, according to the results of the first round of the World Cup, the subsequent meeting of two initial favorites of group H – Poland vs Colombia has absolutely unexpectedly turned into the Cup match. Teams of Adam Nawałka and José Pekerman have lost the opening matches with the same score- 1:2, respectively, Senegal and Japan. And now, in the status of two underdogs of the group, two top national teams of UEFA and KONMEBOL during head-to-head will define which of them will continue the fight for getting into the playoffs and who will become one of the main disappointments of the group stage?
Colombia (the head coach José Pekerman)
But if there is no excuse of the disgusting game of Poland during the match with rather weak Senegal, then there is quite logical explanation to such unexpected fiasco of the quarterfinalist of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The captain Radamel Falcao is responsible for such fiasco. The matter is that after the choice of gate the Colombian forward has got a rap over the knuckles from the goalkeeper who has got sunny side. And in order to correct such mistake, Radamel Falcao one second prior to a starting whistle has asked a panel of judges and Japan for another choice of the gates.
Of course, such behavior of the Colombian captain didn’t please the chief referee of the match. And quite expected punishment has happened. On the 3rd minute the holding midfielder of Colombia Carlos Sanchez has played in the penalty area with the hand. Double punishment in the form of removal and penalty has happened though the Slovenian arbitrator Damir Skomin could have appointed penalty shot and yellow card.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Poland vs Colombia
Having been left short-handed and having been at a disadvantage to Japan, José Pekerman’s team continued to control the game and even has managed to make even the score. But, nevertheless, in the second half Colombia has got tired of such conditions of the game and have missed a winning goal from the weak rival (1:2). But if now we compare the level of the game of Poland and Colombia in last matches, then the victory of Los Cafeteros is more real. And this fact is confirmed by the bookmaker quotations of the main outcomes: Poland – 3.32 (58/25), Colombia – 2.27 (127/100)
What has happened to Poland during the opening match with Senegal, will remain a big mystery of the history. Perhaps, Robert Lewandowski and his team mates were influenced by the trauma of Jakub Błaszczykowski. However in the second half, with the score – 0:1, the star team of Adam Nawalka could change nothing and therefore has lost to the initial underdog of the quartet.
So, what do we have now? In this pair we have received the match of two super motivated rivals and one will have to pack the suitcases according to the results of the match. And even in the morning on the 19th of June Colombia and Poland were called the main favorites of group H. Of course, in this situation the bet on scored goals is more logical.