England-Colombia Penalty Kicks: Full Shootout Highlights

05 July, 2018, 04:42 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • England-Colombia

They will collect themselves for what is next when they are ready.

England will have just three days to recover before facing Sweden in Samara on Saturday for a place in the semifinals.

But even in a tournament in which all had been going smoothly for England, the team did not reach the final eight without flirting with disaster.

But Colombia arrived with little interest in feeding the growing can-England-win-this-thing narrative.

Diego Maradona has become the centre of attraction at the World Cup due to his controversial antics but this rant is expected to resonate with tens of thousands of football fans who feel similarly about last night's match.

It was the first time Colombia had been involved in a World Cup shootout and they took first blood when Jordan Henderson missed his spot kick - but for once fortune smiled on England.

After exiting the 2014 World Cup without winning a game in the group stage, the squad has been remodeled with a youthful, more street-wise mentality by Southgate at his first major tournament as coach.

They might have been outnumbered in the stadium but earlier in the day, at Bistro restaurant on one of Moscow's main shopping streets, England's modest following made their presence felt.

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They were denied an equaliser just before half-time when Lampard's effort clearly crossed the line - prompting Federation Internationale de Football Association to finally see the light on goal-line technology - but in truth Germany tore England apart and were worthy 4-1 winners.

The players gave pretournament interviews with pleasure, then beat Tunisia in their opener and hammered Panama as a follow-up.

Fans were put through the emotional mill though as the joy of Harry Kane's second half penalty turned to despair when Columbia equalised from a corner deep into injury time. England will face Sweden in the quarterfinals on July 7 in Samara and the victor of that match will face either Russian Federation or Croatia on July 11.

The huge victory sends England to the quarters for the first time since 2006, but it did not come easy at all. The victor there gets the Russia-Croatia survivor.

Still, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman wasn't happy with the English approach. We knew what we had to do, we stayed calm, we stuck to our plan, we never panicked all the way through extra time.

England's victory over Colombia on Tuesday will be remembered by their fans for the nerve-jangling breaking of their penalty shootout hoodoo but it was also the night when numerous doubts and questions over Gareth Southgate's side were answered.

"It showed the togetherness and character". We'll smile and be happy and say "Well done lads".

Colombia had 23 fouls and six yellow cards while England had 13 fouls and two yellows. I wish I was wrong, but I think from the next match England will be much more careful.

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