The pair were favourites to progress before opening defeats to Senegal and Japan set them at a disadvantage – but with their fellow teams mustering only a draw earlier today, will either of them be able to claim a first win to bolster their chances of making the round of 16?
POLAND (3-4-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Michal Pazdan, Jan Bednarek, Lukasz Piszczek; Maciej Rybus, Bartosz Bereszynski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jacek Goralski; Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski, Dawid Kownacki
COLOMBIA (4-5-1): David Ospina; Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina; Juan Cuadrado, Abel Aguilar, Juan Quintero, Wilmar Barrios, James Rodriguez; Radamel Falcao
Both sides meet for their first time in their competitive history in Kazan, following a 2006 friendly in Chorzow were Colombia prevailed 2-1. Pekerman's team will be hoping for history to repeat itself and present a similar result today; in addition to giving their progression chances a shot in the arm, they will be looking to avoid consecutive defeats to open a World Cup for the first time since USA 1994 when they were defeated by Romania and the hosts.
The teams are out at Kazan Arena for the national anthems.
The anthems have concluded in a hot, sweaty Kazan and we're moments away from kick-off. The referee is Cesar Arturo Ramos of Mexico.
1′We're underway in this Group H clash! Poland, in red and white, force Colombia back with pace and look to snatch an early goal with a Kownacki effort looped in from 20 yards on the left. Mina gets a solid header to it and puts it out for a corner.
2′A second corner now for Poland as Colombia's Arias, decked out in blue, wards off a Rybus cross in from the corner. A third follows as Barrios clears Bereszynski's probing pass into the box next.
4′Lewandowski pushes a header in from a Bereszynski cross and Ospina leaps to collect it with little difficulty.
5′There is an extended break in play now as Ospina goes down in agony following that save. It stops the early, breathless momentum of the game while he gets treatment.
7′Play resumes with Ospina able to continue and Mina wins a free-kick a few moments later after Lewandowski accidentally steps on his fingers following a slide tackle.
9′Cuadrado wins a free-kick inside his own half for Colombia once more, this time as Kownacki brings him down on the edge of his own box with a clumsy challenge.
11′It's been a rather nippy opening to this game, with a fair few fouls flying around. Now Poland win a free-kick themselves, on halfway for a foul on Krychowiak by James.
13′Cuadrado curls a shallow cross into the Poland box as Colombia come forward; Pazdan clips it back out, straight to the opposing Arias who fortunately handballs it. Free-kick to Poland.
15′Colombia thread together a fast-paced break down the left wing through Mojica that is turned in looking for James in the box. It skips behind him to Arias instead, who blazes his half-chance from 25 yards out wide enough for a throw-in rather than a goal-kick.
17′Bednarek lands a diving header in his own box to clear a Quintero cross in, and then Lewandowski is awarded a free-kick following a tackle by Davinson Sanchez that bodychecks him to the ground.
19′Zielinski wins a corner off a Mina deflection as he lines up a shot from outside the box. Colombia defuse the set-piece easily through Davinson Sanchez's clearing header though and play is pushed back to halfway.
21′Aguilar can't quite get a touch to a throughball from Quintero on the edge of the Poland box and slips trying to get there as it sails wide for a goal-kick.
23′Arias is threaded into the Poland box with a lovely move down the right wing, but his sqaure pass inside looking for Falcao only finds Piszczek. Colombia are then thrown into reverse as Lewandowski leads a blistering counter-attack; Barrios is the man responsible for halting it as he pushes a loose pass out for a corner.
25′Colombia clear their lines once again and create their own counter that sees James play a lovely ball through for Falcao. The striker can't find the inside pass in the Poland box though after his break and Piszczek sticks it out for a corner. End-to-end stuff in the last few minutes.
29′Cuadrado – one of the stronger players across both side so far – loops a fabulous cross in from deep on the right wing, looking for Falcao in the centre of the Poland box. His captain almost gets the touch too; only a frantic clearing header from Bednarek denies him the chance.
32′Substitution Abel Enrique Aguilar by Tapia Andrés Mateus Uribe Villa
34′Arias and Mojica both turn in powerful crosses on the back of a corner, peppering the Poland box – and every time, Bednarek clears them with an impressive series of headers.
36′Corner to Colombia after Cuadrado sees a close-range effort inside the six-yard box slid out with a great save from Szczesny.
37′Szczesny punches Falcao's effort away and Poland heft the ball back to halfway to ease the danger.
40′GOALLLLL Yerry Mina
COLOMBIA LEAD 1-0! It's a lovely piece of team play as, on the back of another corner, Falcao plays short for Cuadrado who tips it on to James on the right of the box. He floats a lovely cross into the left post and Mina rises above the Polish defence to knock it home with a clean finish. It's a well-deserved lead for the South Americans whose travelling support explodes around Kazan. 1-0 to Colombia!
42′Much of Kazan Arena is covered in the colours of Colombia, primarily a vivid yellow, and the noise from their fans is deafening. Poland face a big task now; they need a goal to stay in the World Cup.
45′Four added minutes incoming after those earlier delays for injury.
45'+2′Cuadrado turns another cross in towards the Polish box with Pazdan clears as far as Lewandowski. The captain breaks up to halfway where he goes down in the tackle; no free-kick is forthcoming though and Colombia regroup to counter.
45'+4′Poland win themselves a late corner now which Zielinski turns in, but Ospina – untroubled since the early stages – punches clear and that may be the last chance of the half.
45'+5′HALF-TIME: POLAND 0-1 COLOMBIA
Yerry Mina's well-placed header off a lovely James ball in the 40th minute is the difference between Poland and Colombia at the break at Kazan Arena, after a half of football that has seen Robert Lewandowski mostly neutralised by the opposition. Juan Cuadrado is just one of several standouts in what has been an enterprising performance by the South Americans – and as it stands, they will be eliminating Adam Nawalka's side from the World Cup too. At half-time, it's Poland 0-1 Colombia.
46′kick off We're back underway in Kazan. It's been a less-than-vintage showing from Poland, ostensibly the top seed in Group H; can they recover some form to keep their World Cup journey alive in Russia or do Colombia have this all wrapped up?
48′Bereszynski is threaded down the right wing with a lovely through-ball and he clips a cut-back pass inside for Lewandowski, with Arias slipping in to clear it for a throw-in.
49′From Piszczek's throw, Lewandowski has a half-chance, only to put his header comfortably wide and high to the right.
51′Quintero goes for goal from distance but spears his effort well wide of goal, leaving Szczesny untroubled.
52′Falcao! A golden chance to make it two goals for Colombia is squandered by the captain as he blasts a square pass from Cuadrado over and wide at the near-right post from 16 yards out.
54′Pzadan forces a pass wide on halfway and intercepts for Poland to create a break; it peters out weakly in the end after Goralski's cross out to Kownacki on the left wing skips away from him for a throw-in.
56′James lays a perfect ball on a platter for Quintero who speeds away to the edge of the Poland box before seeing his shot deflected by Piszczek for a corner.
57′Cuadrado spears an effort from 35 yards out somewhere into the stand behind Poland's goal after the corner is cleared as far as him in the outfield.
57′Substitution Dawid Kownacki by Kamil Grosicki
58′Lewandowski! Save from Ospina as Poland spot that Colombia's defence has not dropped back save for Davinson Sanchez and push a long ball forward for their captain, who is denied at close range by a dive from the keeper.
61′yellow card Bednarek gets a yellow card now for a cynical foul as he cuts down an attempted break from Uribe on the left wing.
63′Zielinski clatters Barrios to the turf as the pair try to claim the ball near the edge of the Colombia box and the latter wins a free-kick
66′25 minutes of regulation time left on the clock in Kazan and Poland are growing into this game. Lewandowski tries to push a header towards goal in the Colombian box, from a long throw-in, only to see it deflect off the face of Davinson Sanchez and into the path of Falcao who clears.
70'GOALLLLLL Radamel Falcao
FALCAO FOR COLUMBIA! 2-0! That may be curtains for Poland as the Colombian captain, supplied by a Quintero throughball, races into the opposition box and calmly slots home with a strike into the bottom-left corner under Szczesny.
72′Substitution Bartosz Bereszyński Łukasz Teodorczyk
73′Substitution Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua Jefferson Andrés Lerma Solís
75′GOALLLLLLL Juan Cuadrado
CUADRADO MAKES IT THREE FOR COLOMBIA! Time has indeed run out for Poland as they find themselves at the hands of a rout. James plays another wonderful ball forward, to find the attacking midfielder as he bursts through into the opposition box and nudges his shot into the bottom-right corner past Szczesny. It's been an emphatic performance from him and his nation.
78′Substitution Radamel Falcao by Carlos Arturo Bacca
80′Substitution Michał Pazdan by Kamil Glik
84′It's nearly four for Colombia! After a snafu between Bednarek and Szczesny, Uribe has a chance to back-heel the ball into an open net. He fails to get the power behind it though and Bednarek recovers in time to boot it off the line.
85′yellow card. Goralski gets a booking now as he brings down James with a tackle born of frustration on halfway. The Colombian goes for goal from distance, trying to catch Szczesny off his line, but hooks it well wide to the left.
88′Lewandowski! The Poland captain almost gets a goal with a monster shot from 22 yards out; Ospina is forced to make a stunning leap to tip it over the crossbar. The Colombian keeper pulls a pained face as he comes back to earth but he has done his job. Corner to Poland.
90′Five added minutes on the way in Kazan as Colombia defuse Poland's weak corner comfortably.
90'+3′Poland look to slip down the left wing as they seek a late goal to give them something to take away; they concede a foul though as Arias goes down and Colombia get the free-kick.
90'+5′FULL-TIME: POLAND 0-3 COLOMBIA
it's joy for Colombia and desolation for Poland as goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado ensure that the former stay in the hunt for the knockout stages and the latter are eliminated from the World Cup with a 3-0 win in Kazan. Jose Pekerman's side turned on the style in a rampant second half performance that saw them rout Adam Nawalka's team to set up what is effectively a straight shoot-out with Senegal for the round of 16; Poland, the group's top seed, are the first to be heading home from Russia. Full-time, it finishes Poland 0-3 Colombia.