Group H: Poland head wide open group
There will be a global feel to Group H at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, with top seed Poland drawn alongside African qualifiers Senegal, Colombia from South America and Asian powerhouse Japan. It is the only group not to have a team that has won football’s biggest prize.
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.
16 – the number of goals that Poland captain Robert Lewandowski scored in ten appearances to top the European qualifying scoring charts.
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