Quintero: Poland win must be the benchmark for Colombia

The star attacker has told Goal that his side go into their final group game against Senegal knowing that they have to be on their game once more

Juan Quintero has lauded his Colombia team-mates following their 3-0 victory against Poland on Sunday, but told Goal that they will have to replicate that form if they are to reach the latter stages of the World Cup.

The River Plate attacker was one of the stand-out stars as Los Cafeteros secured their first Group H win following an opening game loss to Japan.

And while he accepted praise for his own performance he added that the standard has now been set for the remainder of their tournament.

“I played a great game, but it’s the same for all the guys and we have to go on. There’s another game to go but we are calm,” the 25-year-old told Goal.

Quintero and the returning James Rodriguez were the stand-out players, collecting all three assists between them, and he accepted that their partnership could be key going forward.

“It’s very important for us, for Colombia, but we have to continue in this way and fight until the end.”

Colombia’s final Group H game comes on Thursday when they meet Senegal, but Quintero says there is plenty of confidence in the squad despite the lure of finishing top of the group being of great importance.

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“Again! Another big game!” he added of the clash in Samara. “We are calm though, we have a lot of faith in ourselves and we go forward with great hope.

“It’s very important [to finish top] because this World Cup is difficult. We have played a great game and with great quality, but [finishing top] is important for us.”

Colombia sit third in Group H going into the final game, one point behind both Japan and Senegal.

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