World Cup 'dirty' Colombia act v England missed by referee

World Cup 'dirty' Colombia act v England missed by referee

World Cup 'dirty' Colombia act v England missed by referee

The teams faced a shootout after Colombia's Yerry Mina scored one of his signature headed goals in stoppage time to cancel out England captain Harry Kane's 57th minute penalty and the score was still level at 1-1 after extra time.

The 25-year-old midfielder is expected to start against Colombia after making a positive contribution to the group stage, following a great 2017-18 season at Man United in which he became an established first-team player under Jose Mourinho.

Pickford stood tall for England in the shootout.

But on Tuesday, the Three Lions' fortunes changed for the better.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route.

England's penalty record is "horrendous", says the BBC, but coach Southgate has made sure his players have been working on their technique from 12 yards. We have to concentrate one game at a time.

Wayne Rooney believes "this could be the year" for England to match the heroes of 1966 and triumph at the World Cup.

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England had to deal with some rough tactics from Colombia, who gave away 23 fouls to England's 13, and Southgate admitted the scene in the dressing room resembled a scene from M*A*S*H, the 1970s American comedy-drama about an army hospital.

England prevailed in penalties after a 1-1 draw, with a win that is sure to inflame British passions about a national team that has already been hailed as one of the best in decades.

England was always the more purposeful side but they lacked the key final ball and needed a gift to take the lead.

Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane. Should that be the case, Loftus-Cheek will slot in the midfield alongside Jordan Henderson. "We are excited and enjoying the World Cup", he said. More debating made Kane wait for several minutes before he calmly hit into the middle of the net with Ospina diving to his right - their ninth goal in Russian Federation and seventh from a set piece.

By then the majority of his players had been out to, again to applaud England's supporters but also to celebrate with their families. "England are a good team but we did not mind who it was we would face".

If they make it past Sweden and into the semifinals, then assume Croatia will be England's most likely opposition.

Second-half substitute Carlos Bacca almost got on the end of a Johan Mojica cross at the near post six minutes into extra-time but Pickford arrived first.

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