Poland are out of the FIFA World Cup after being dismantled 3-0 by Colombia in Kazan on Sunday, while the South Americans revived their own hopes of reaching the last 16 after a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Japan in their opener.
For the second match in succession, the Poles offered next to nothing and thoroughly deserved their defeat. Nevertheless, this shouldn't detract from Colombia's performance, which was arguably one of the most accomplished attacking displays of the tournament so far.
Before the tournament, the Poles were regarded as dark horses for the World Cup. Going by the Colombians' display in Kazan, they could be the real dark horses - provided that they actually get out of Group H.
Here are three of the most important lessons that we learned from Colombia's excellent win:
1. Colombia Arguably Have 3 of the Best Attacking Midfielders in the Tournament
Even allowing for Poland's ineptitude, the Colombian attacking midfield three of Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero and James Rodriguez were an absolute joy to watch. Cuadrado consistently tormented the Poles with his trickery, while Quintero and Rodriguez both showed impeccable technique and excellent vision.
Admittedly, Poland gave them plenty of time and space to express themselves, but even well-drilled opponents would have struggled to cope with the talented trio's speed of thought and movement. Rodriguez's assist for Cuadrado's goal is already a strong contender for pass of the tournament.
This trio has the potential to unlock any defence.
2. Radamel Falcao Still Presents a Serious Goal Threat
After the heartache of missing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Falcao is off the mark in Russia, thanks to a clinical goal which effectively killed off Poland's World Cup hopes. Even at the age of 32, the AS Monaco striker is still a defender's nightmare.
Provided that his side reaches the last 16, El Tigre could enjoy a very prolific tournament in Russia. With a brilliantly creative midfield trio behind him, he's unlikely to have any shortage of scoring opportunities.
3. Robert Lewandowski Can't Carry Poland on His Own
Without Robert Lewandowski's record-breaking 16 goals in Poland's outstanding qualifying campaign, the Poles wouldn't even have made it to the World Cup. From a Polish perspective, it's a great shame that he couldn't maintain his prolific form in Russia.
In his defence, the service he received was mostly abysmal - which was why he ended up dropping very deep on several occasions against Colombia.
Like Lionel Messi, he seemed to struggle with the burden of a nation's expectations. Also like Messi, he can't be expected to carry an entire team on his own. Even Diego Maradona didn't do that.