Poland crashed out of the 2018 World Cup after going down 3-0 to Colombia in a Group H clash in Kazan Sunday night.
Both sides came into the match needing victories after defeats in their opening games, but it was the Colombians who showed the extra desire to stay in the tournament with a comprehensive win to keep their hopes of making the knockout stages alive going into the final round of games.
After a scrappy opening, Barcelona defender Terry Mina shot Colombia in front in the 39th minute with a close range header after a delightful cross from James Rodriguez.
With playmaker Juan Quintero pulling the strings in midfield, Los Cafeteros continued to dominate proceedings and doubled their lead in the 70th minute through captain Radamel Falcao after a defence-splitting pass from Quintero.
The shell-shocked Poles conceded a third five minutes later when James released Juan Cuadrado from the halfway line, allowing him to run at goal before slotting past Wojciech Szczesny in Poland goal.
It was game over from then on but Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina still produced a superb save to deny off-colour Poland captain Robert Lewandowski with two minutes left.
Colombia will now take on Senegal in a decisive final game on Thursday while already eliminated Poland do battle with Japan, who only need a draw to advance.