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Group H: Poland head wide open group


Group H: Poland head wide open group

Group H: Poland head wide open group

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Key Game
Poland-Colombia (24 June 2018, Kazan Arena, Kazan)
The clash between Poland and Colombia could prove pivotal, in terms of who will advance to the knockout stages. Both sides possess an array of talent that have the potential to set the tournament alight, and this match-up at the Kazan Arena may provide the platform for a memorable individual or team display.

What you need to know

  • Earning the last automatic qualification spot in South America, Colombia will be keen to better their performance at Brazil 2014 when they reached the last eight. Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez will be key players for Los Cafeteros.
  • Senegal’s previous lone appearance at the world finals was a memorable one, as the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals of Korea/Japan 2002. Their maiden campaign included victories over then world champions France in the group stage and Sweden in the Round of 16.
  • Having edged Saudi Arabia and Australia to top Asian zone Group B in qualification, Japan will be aiming to have their best campaign at a global finals in Russia. In their previous five appearances, the Samurai Blue’s best achievement was reaching the Round of 16 as co-hosts in 2002 and at South Africa 2010.
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The stat
16 – the number of goals that Poland captain Robert Lewandowski scored in ten appearances to top the European qualifying scoring charts.


World cup
history*
FINALS / QUALIFYING CAMPAIGNS
FIRST FWC: 1958   LAST FWC: 2014
BEST ACHIEVEMENT: 4th place 1966
Including participations of the Soviet Union
FIRST STAGE

10  APPEARANCES

SEMIFINALS

1  APPEARANCES

  APPEARANCES

  CHAMPIONSHIPS

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