England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout

Sergio Cunningham
July 5, 2018

Colombia's star player and the Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup James Rodriguez, was kept on the bench throughout the match due to an injury.

Colombia's 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes suffered a blow on Tuesday after James Rodriguez was ruled out of their last-16 clash with England due to injury.

They are now through to a quarter final against Sweden on Saturday but they had to do it the hard way after conceding a late goal after leading 1-0 for most of the second half.

England and Colombia were deadlocked after 120 minutes in Tuesday's World Cup Round of 16 meeting.

An extremely classy gesture from Henderson it must be said.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford helped England end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming. They had become the elephant in the room, with news conferences at major tournaments rarely passing by without the "Have you practised penalties?" question being asked, sometimes during the group stage!

Eric Dier kept his composure in the Spartak Stadium cauldron, propelling Gareth Southgate's side to a famous victory, winning the shootout 4-3.

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On Gareth Southgate's side he said: "Nobody speaks about England but they are risky ". We started to make a couple of defensive errors and getting a bit edgy.

Shearer's comments came in response to some high-profile shithousery from the Colombians, which involved Wílmar Barrios headbutting England's Jordan Henderson, and saw a number of Colombian players attempt to scuff the penalty spot before Harry Kane put England in front on 57 minutes. We've shown incredible resilience to come back from huge disappointment at the final whistle.

With a lopsided World Cup bracket, the loser of this match had a real opportunity to make history.

"It was a good match, but (I'm) always disappointed when the game goes to penalties - it doesn't show the true potential of the team", said Emma Kinsey, 32, a yoga instructor from Lincoln who lives in Bogota.

Diego Maradona claims Colombia were robbed against England. "I'm very good at it", he added. Having failed against the Germans in 1996, he knows the pain of missing and is perhaps the first England manager to dispel the notion that shootouts are a lottery, realising instead that practice and repetition can lead to improvement and success.

He eventually regained control as the game moved into extra-time but, in a World Cup that has seen some outstanding officiating, Geiger's performance - and that of his assistants and the VAR team - left much to be desired. "That shouldn't change now that we're in the knockout phase", he said.

Yet Colombia did not learn their lesson as Carlos Sanchez, once of Aston Villa, was penalised for dragging Kane to the floor at an England corner.

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