In the latest Colombia news, captain Radamel Falcao says his side must treat Sunday’s showdown with Poland as if it were a final.
Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil four years ago but after losing their opener in Russia to Japan are in real danger of falling at the first hurdle this summer.
Poland went down to Senegal in their first Group H match so therefore Sunday’s fixture is a must-win encounter for both teams.
Defeat for either the South Americans or the Poles would result in elimination, while a draw would take their fate out of their hands going into the last game.
As such, Falcao is desperate for all three points and he says his team-mates must treat their second group game like a final.
“We have two more games ahead and that means we still have the opportunity to progress to the next round,” said the Monaco striker. “That gives us hope and it is in our own hands on the pitch. This team has shown it is mentally strong.
“It will be like a final. Each team will battle hard to keep the ball, and will close down the space for their opponents to operate in.
“Perhaps we won’t make as many mistakes as we did before, because we all know this is a match that will determine who will continue in the World Cup.”