With the international football extravaganza nearing the knockout rounds, the action continues to captivate crowds all around the world.
On Sunday fans were once again treated to a football carnival as several defining games took place. But as usual, while there were a few memorable moments, only two earn their right to be in our KFC Moments of the Day.
While England put on a six-star showing against Panama, one moment that will be remembered in their rather impressive campaign so far is Jesse Lingard’s wonder strike. With England already in cruise control having been two goals up, they would have been forgiven for taking their foot off the peddle at the end of the first half, but that was certainly not the case.
In what can only be described as a ruthless performance, the Three Lions picked away at tournament’s debutants, and a sensational curling strike from Lingard summed up England’s performance on the day.
The attacker superbly placed his effort beyond the Panama goalkeeper’s reach, sending England’s fanatical travelling support base into rapture.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane would quietly go about his business as he claimed a hat-trick and helped England to a famous 6-1 hammering of their opponents, leading many to wonder, whether or not this could just be England’s year.
It was certainly the James Rodriguez show as Colombia sent Poland packing from the global showpiece event. After having to come off the bench due to a niggling injury in their tournament opener against Japan, Rodriguez had a point to prove with so much at stake in the game.
The Colombian star showed just why he is so highly rated as he dictated the game, directly setting up two of the three goals. Rodriguez linked up impressively with fellow star Juan Cuadrado as he played a pinpoint ball into the box which was headed in by Yerry Mina.
While Radamel Falcao would double Colombia’s advantage with 20 minutes to go, it was Rodriguez who stole the headlines as he provided an unbelievable assist for Cuadradro to calmly finish off. Rodriquez beat three Polish defenders with a pass out of the top drawer from the left-hand side, keeping Colombia’s hopes of progression firmly alive.