Group H favourites Poland and Colombia will look for their first win following defeat for both sides in their opening game.
The match will be titled as a ‘must-win game’ for both countries knowing the winner will still have a good chance of qualifying out the group. Defeat for either team would mathematically send them home as Senegal and Japan play earlier in the day.
Poland boss Adam Nawalka shared his harsh reflection of his side’s performance following the 2-1 defeat to Senegal.
“Statistically we had more of the ball but what counts is what ends up in the net. Our wingers didn’t do their jobs and the central midfielders weren’t very good either.”
However, Colombia head coach Jose Perkerman blames fatigue on his side’s defeat to Japan.
“After scoring that goal, we lost because we were worn down, we were tired and even if I tried subbing on some fresh players, it was hard to make a difference.”
The game will mark the first competitive contest between the two countries, the only other meeting was a friendly back in 2006 where Colombia won 2-1.
Colombia will look to James Rodriguez to spark new life into the side offensively. The attacker was not deemed fit enough to start against Japan but did come off the bench.
Kamil Glik missed out on the Senegal game due to a shoulder injury and may make his return to the starting 11 quicker than expected as he is due to start at the heart of the defence. Poland will look to him to redeem their awful defensive performance against Senegal.
Poland (4,2,3,1) Szczesny, Pisczek, Glik, Pazdan, Rybus, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Grosicki, Blaszczykowski, Kownascki, Lewandowski.
Colombia (4,2,3,1) Ospina, Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Mojica, Lerma, Aguilar, Izquierdo, Cuardrado, Rodriguez, Falcao.
Poland 1-2 Colombia