The pressure is now on, not just for Rodriguez, but in the knowledge that Jose Nestor Pekerman's six-and-a-half-year stint - only three other coaches at the World Cup have been in place longer - in charge would have a huge stain should Colombia lose against a Poland side ranked eighth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and also needing a result.
That victory ensured that Africa, the second most populated continent in the world with a number of high-profile footballers who have been knocking on the door of greatness in recent years, would not suffer the embarrassment of having all its five representatives losing their opening matches in Russian Federation. This is what the World Cup is all about.
However, four of its representatives - Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Nigeria - all lost their first games of the campaign until Senegal stopped the bleeding with their victory over the Poles.
The world's biggest sporting event continues as the last of the 2nd group matches wrap up.
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Poland going down to Senegal was somewhat of a surprise, as they boast Bayern Munich's star striker Robert Lewandowski, who battled to get going. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the Brazil World Cup, did not start against Japan because of a calf muscle injury, coming in as a second-half substitute.
Stanislav Cherchesov's hosts, the lowest-ranked at the World Cup, have already qualified and surpassed the expectations of the Russian media, who may now perhaps give the team more favourable coverage.
Working down the Africans' left side, the 26-year-old talisman Mane was only a sporadic danger. England and Tunisia will kick off the day with a Group G contest.
While he is known for his quiet outward demeanor, the man of the match in Japan's win over the 10-man Colombians in Saransk has a powerful presence within the Samurai Blue squad, according to his teammates.
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Maguire, Stones and Kane, in particular, offer an aerial threat at set-pieces which England believe they can fully exploit. And dropping Sterling was one of the suggestions that Jamie Carragher put forward after England's opening group game.
Four years later, on home soil in South Africa, it all started very well when Bafana Bafana held Mexico to a 1-1 draw at Soccer City but Nigeria soon fell 0-1 to Argentina at Ellis Park, Algeria fell 0-1 to Slovenia at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Cote d'Ivoire drew against Portugal and Cameroon fell 0-1 to Japan in Bloemfontein. An English victory over debutants Panama would put the Three Lions and the Belgians into the last-16 and leave them with a head-to-head matchup next week, against Belgium, to decide who wins the group. Japan is a +250 underdog, while a draw is set at +215.
Whatever Senegal are doing in training, it's working.
Poland defender Bartosz Bereszynski warned: "We know very well what is this game about, but we are optimists".
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They unwittingly found themselves at the centre of a Twitter storm this week after businessman Alan Sugar tweeted a picture of the Senegal team with the caption, "I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella".