Fast forward to the present day in Russian Federation and Rodriguez is still thriving in the showpiece, producing a masterclass, Man of the Match performance in his first game of he tournament as Colombia knocked Poland out courtesy of a 3-0 win in Group H.
- Quintero became the first Colombian player to score in two World Cup tournaments (2014 and '18) in the opening loss to Japan.
After emerging triumphant from their first games last Tuesday, Senegal, which beat Poland 2-1, and Japan, which beat Colombia 2-1, are ranked equal first with four points apiece ahead of their last group-round matches.
Poland can not now catch either Japan or Senegal, who have four points from two games.
Colombia led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Yerry Mina's towering header following a well-worked short corner.
The Colombian forward is a fraction of the player he was four years ago when injury stopped him from joining the party in Brazil.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.More news: Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas on a dinner date in Mumbai
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The striker was seen as a frustrated figure for the majority of the game against Colombia and failed to deliver the goals that could have kept Poland alive.
"I'm very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow's another day and we have to come to terms with things", he said.
However, Poland have had serious issues while going forward ever since they landed in Russian Federation and Lewandowski, who averaged a goal every 56 minutes in qualifying, has not opened his account for the tournament after more than 180 minutes of playing time.
And with Lewandowski and his team-mates hurting, ruthless World Cup fans have unearthed an old tweet the Poland captain sent to Rodriguez past year.
Colombia's win resurrects their World Cup campaign after defeat in their opener against Japan threatened an early exit.
Colombia slowed the pace in the second half, showing good counterattacking qualities.
The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later.