England beats Colombia in shootout, advances to World Cup quarter-finals

Dean Simpson
July 4, 2018

As angry as so many fans might be, I would add that knowing Federation Internationale de Football Association, it's certainly possible that it could decide Geiger had the strength to make the call he did-and that the loss of control was the players' fault more than his. "We know the quality of his finishing, so he's a player that we know all about and we wouldn't judge him on the period he had in the Premier League, that's for sure". I've got power and agility. "We will give everything for our country and take strength from the support". "It's such an honor to play for Colombia".

With James Rodriguez not fit enough to start, Colombia tasted defeat in their opener. The Colombia bench celebrated as if they had won the match outright, the water carrier bursting into tears. The talk around this England campaign to this point is threatening to build up an unhealthy expectation to match that one. The pervading theme ahead of the final group game against Belgium was of a need to throw the game in order to line up a more favourable route to the final.

It was England's first win in a knockout game since 2006 and earns them a quarter-final with Sweden, who were far from impressive in beating Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.

The England boss certainly gambled in the last group game, making eight changes to the team that beat Panama in the second game, and it led to a 1-0 loss thanks to Adnan Januzaj's goal.

"It would be nice to knock out England as they eliminated us from the France World Cup in 1998", she said.

According ex-Aston Villa midfielder, Carlos Sanchez, the Colombians have the utmost respect for their opponents but are confident that they can cause them problems.

"We are very self-confident and that will compensate for the fact that they are more rested". Let them play. I think they're enjoying having that freedom.

Colombia: Ospina (6), Arias (6), Mina (8), Davinson (7), Mojica (6), Sanchez (6), Lerma (6), Barrios (7), Cuadrado (7), Quintero (6), Falcao (6).

If England get past Sweden they face a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia for their first appearance in a final since winning the World Cup for the only time in 1966. And he became the fifth defender to score three or more goals in a World Cup since Germany's Franz Beckenbauer scored four in the 1966 edition.

In their last major tournament, England suffered an embarrassing elimination at the hands of Iceland in the last 16.

And a third claimed: "Ian Wright's reaction to England getting through to the quarter finals is the best I've ever seen!" Keeping you up to date about what is happening in Colombia is costly and not without risk.

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