England penalties win over Colombia seen by 23.6m

Hope Soto
July 5, 2018

England beat Colombia on penalties to go through to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

Colombian players Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Luis Muriel managed to score their penalties, but attempts by Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed following some great work by Jordan Pickford.

Pekerman was seemingly referring to the incident which saw England awarded the penalty which Harry Kane converted to give them the lead.

Captain Kane, whose second-half penalty put England 1-0 up before Yerry Mina's injury-time equaliser, believes England came of age last night.

Asked on England's chances in the rest of the tournament, he added: "Final mate, we got it, we got it in the bag".

"To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in extra time, you know, it's hard to come back from that". In all of worldwide football, England have the worst record in shootouts, losing three and winning none.

"Tonight was a classic example. We have underestimated them for years", Southgate said.

Southgate did eventually allow himself to enjoy the moment with his team and family, who he joined in the stands for an emotional reunion.

"Today will give belief for generations to follow and not be hindered by history or expectations". "Take a bow Jordan Pickford".

"I told (FIFA president) Gianni Infantino that if I worked for Federation Internationale de Football Association I would change everything", he said.

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"It was a top-class save, I'm surprised he could reach it given his height", Southgate said with a wry smile.

"His athleticism around the goal is excellent and he executed the plan in the penalty shootout".

"You don't always get what you deserve in life but tonight I think we did".

England will play Sweden at the Samara Arena at 3pm on Saturday.

"We've not got a good record against them".

England have actually triumphed in a shootout before, but you have to go all the way back to Euro 96 when, with Stuart Pearce's passion to the fore, they defeated Spain in a quarterfinal at Wembley.

But despite appearing not to see the clash, Geiger issued a yellow card, prompting derision from some former referees - Englishmen Keith Hackett and Mark Clattenburg among them - on social media, questioning when a deliberate head-butt became a yellow card offence.

"It's like a scene from "MASH" in the dressing room". It leaves a sour taste, because we thought we could have qualified.

Southgate stayed off the Colombians' bulletin board with a few clichés, but he knows exactly what is expected - and what can go wrong.

Jose Pekerman's side received six bookings in a tempestuous match, but Maradona says Colombia can feel robbed and questioned the decision of Federation Internationale de Football Association referee chief Pierluigi Collina to appoint American official Geiger.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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