World Cup: Colombia’s Rodriguez lasers long bending assist vs. Poland

June 24 (UPI) — Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez completed a beautiful bent assist in a 3-0 win against Poland at the World Cup Sunday in Kazan, Russia.

The feed came in the 75th minute of the Group H triumph at Kazan Arena.

Colombia led 2-0 at the time. Rodriguez dribbled down the left flank on the play, before deciding to cross a ball toward the other side of the field. He laced the 40 yard pass to his right, sending it in front of three Poland defenders and putting it right in the path of teammate Juan Cuadrado.

The Colombian midfielder ran right onto the feed. He used a few more touches to reach the box before finishing with a goal past Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Radamel Falcao scored Colombia’s second goal in the 70th minute. Yerry Mina gave Colombia a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half.

Rodriguez has two assists at the World Cup, tied for the most in the tournament with Uruguay’s Carlos Sanchez and Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin.

His first assist of the tournament came on Mina’s goal. Rodriguez stood on the right side of the box on that play. He received a ball and used his first touch to loft a bent pass to the back post. Mira jumped up and headed the feed past Szczesny in the 40th minute.

Colombia plays its final Group H match against Senegal at 10 a.m. Thursday at Samara Arena in Samara, Russia.

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