England clinch first World Cup shootout win in intimidating sea of yellow

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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.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson isn't a name many people would associate with play-acting, but he's divided opinion after going down from a headbutt by Colombia defender Wilmar Barrios in the teams' World Cup last 16 game.

England, historically awful in penalty kicks on the big stage, dramatically prevailed over Colombia 4-3 on spot kicks after a 1-1 tie to advance in a major knockout competition for the first time since 2006.

But as the game entered the third minute of stoppage time, Yerry Mina headed in an equalizer.

Kane put away the penalty with class in the 57th minute. With a matchup against Colombia (No. 10 according to Elo), followed by either Switzerland or Sweden, and then either Russian Federation or Croatia, some see a clear path to the final match. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted".


The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is heating up nicely.

While England were able to rest eight players for their last group game against Belgium, Colombia had to fight to the last minute to get past Senegal after losing their opening match to Japan.

"I haven't talked to him, but we have a WhatsApp group at Tottenham in which we congratulate each other". Our players play in the best clubs, the best leagues, and are used to playing in matches of this size, so nothing will frighten us.

He added that England has taken note of how Colombia beat Poland 3-0 in the group stage and "we've got to make sure that our work without the ball is spot on" to avoid being punished on the counter.

One of the biggest talking points after England-Colombia will be Mark Geiger, the American referee who is known for injecting his personality into a game in MLS and, for that matter, the World Cup.


In India, Sony Liv will stream the World Cup match, as will the Jio TV app for fans who want to watch Colombia vs. England on mobile devices. "They were unlucky", reflected Robson when speaking to Lineker for a TV documentary some years later, and even in the round before they had been thoroughly outplayed by Belgium only to snatch a 119th-minute victor through David Platt.

Pickford succeeded where Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Paul Robinson failed as the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup campaigns ended in shootout losses.

Second-place meant England entered what is viewed as the easier half of the draw but Lingard said that factor was far from the players' minds.

That would prove the last qualifty chance before the game went to penalties, in which England had not won since 1996.


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