Monday, 24 September, 2018

England beats Colombia in penalties after dirty, foul-filled game

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Edward Snyder | 04 July, 2018, 02:00

The victor of the match between England and Colombia in Moscow will play whoever comes out on top in the clash between Switzerland and Sweden - but first England have to overcome the quarter-finalists from the last World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's team won 4-3 on spot-kicks after the World Cup "Round of 16" match finished 1-1 following extra time.

Pickford made a brilliant save to deny a speculative shot from Uribe in the third minute of stoppage time but Mina rose above Harry Maguire to head in the resulting corner to send the game to extra-time.

Expect a narrow England win, with a Harry Kane goal nearly a certainty.

Sweden now await in a mouth-watering Samara quarter-final on Saturday, which England approach buoyed by a display of character and coolness which belied this group's tender years. This really is a new England team, however, and at a time when past English teams might have crumbled, this one revived itself to advance.

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Jesse Lingard believes the family atmosphere in England's camp will help Gareth Southgate's men to avoid the disharmony that undermined previous generations' bids for World Cup glory.




With James Rodríguez out for Colombia, England controlled the match for the most part and looked to be headed for a 1-0 victory in 90 minutes, but the late Colombian equalizer changed things.

Colombia's hopes suffered a huge setback before kickoff when key playmaker James Rodriguez was ruled out with a calf injury and without him they took a defensive approach and never rarely threatened. They were threatening but couldn't crack David Ospina.

"It's early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup - whether we go out tomorrow or we go on and win it - the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads".

It looked like England was in good shape to hold on to the win in the second half.

England by contrast struggled to beat Tunisia in the first game before putting six past minnows Panama.

Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have all spoken recently of the cliques that became entrenched within the England camp during their era, when players from the Premier League's leading clubs kept one another at arm's length, and quarter-finals at World Cups and European Championships proved an insurmountable hurdle.

England expects? Given that Turkey, Austria, Sweden, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Senegal all have a better strike rate in World Cup knockout games over the course of history, maybe England should wait for a couple more wins before getting too carried away.

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