England face Colombia tonight in battle to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Doug Mendoza
July 6, 2018

"Thank you warriors! Colombia departs from the World Cup with their heads high", RCN Noticias TV said in their online match report.

Geiger also awarded a penalty against Carlos Sanchez, which led to England's only goal during open play.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was surprised by England's antics against Colombia, criticising defender Harry Maguire for diving.

England's Jordan Pickford made a massive save on Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe was denied by the crossbar in the shootout.

The Three Lions can continue believing that it's coming home.

England will next play Sweden on Saturday in Samara.

"I'd have liked a week to enjoy this one but haven't got that because Sweden are a team I respect hugely".

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"It's rather sad that they use such a festive and friendly environment as the World Cup to target a country and continue to stigmatise it with a completely unrelated issue", he said, according to the Guardian. "They were a bit afraid. but we've been fearless, we've fought hard, we've never thrown in the towel", Pekerman said as players consoled each other in tears.

"The game was so odd", Stones said in a news conference. But Colombia, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation will be feeling exactly the same, and they will all fancy themselves against a nation which has a history of taking too much for granted. England, however, had booked their knockout stage spot after two victories in their first two group matches, resting several players in their final group loss to Belgium.

"There could have been several red cards", Stones, 24, said. "A man like that [Mark Geiger, the American referee] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude".

"Penalty shootouts are lot about mentality and obviously we know England in the past haven't done great", Kane said.

England have a traditionally poor record with penalties - they were the team's undoing at the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup, as well as the 1996, 2004 and 2012 European Championship.

England will feel justice has been served with the final result after Wilmar Barrios appeared to headbutt Jordan Henderson in the first-half, but the midfielder was only shown a yellow card, much to the confusion of former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. It is a game we always dreamed of playing.

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