Colombia – England: 1-1 (3-4 after penalties)

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The World Cup owed us another penalty shootouts after the late Belgium win over Japan and we got it! Colombia’s Yerry Mina scored an equalizing header in the 90+ minute to send the game into extra time and then penalties. England have finally won a penalty shootout in a World Cup after three consecutive losses  (1990, 1998 and 2006).

James Rodriguez missed the game due to an injury and had to suffer through the whole game from the audience. Pekerman has decided to field a different formation and some new players to deal with their star player missing. Barrios and Lerma were the two players that were given a chance from the start.

On the other side, Southgate didn’t make any changes to the usual England 11. Most of these guys were rested in the game against Belgium and were ready for 120 minutes of playing.

This game was all about tension. Ever since the start of the game, both teams seemed nervous. Namely, the Colombian players have received yellow cards in the game. Barrios even headbutted Henderson and it could be argued that he deserved a straight red. The referee, however decided that a yellow card was enough.

England had more of the ball throughout the whole game. Yerry Mina and Raheem Sterling had so many duels in Colombia’s box and some of them were close to being called penalties. There were constant brawls between the players of both teams and it really is a wonder that no one received a red card.

In one of these constant brawls England was awarded a penalty. It was another Carlos Sanchez mistake as he has already committed a foul for a penalty in the game against Japan. Kane was the fouled player and he also converted from the spot.

Then, Colombia’s coach Pekerman went all in. He gave a chance to strikers Muriel and Bacca in hope to equalize the game. But it was another substitution – the midfielder Mateus Uribe who gave the biggest upset to England. He had a great shot from distance and Jordan Pickford had maybe the save of the tournament thus far. The Colombians got a corner though and that’s when Yerry Mina showed up again.

Yerry Mina scored yet another powerful header to save his country from elimination in the 90 minutes. With this goal he also broke several records.

In the extra time nothing ordinary happened. The Englishmen tried more but they couldn’t score. Based on their history with penalty shootouts they must have been afraid of the outcome so they wanted to avoid them. Danny Rose and Marcus Rashford were introduced late into the game to add some fresh legs.

For the third time in this World Cup the team who shoots the penalties second wins! It happened for Croatia and Russia and yesterday for England too! Falcao, Cuadrado and Muriel scored for Colombia, but then Bacca and Uribe missed two consecutive penalties. Harry Kane, Rashford, Trippier and Dier scored for England. Henderson was the only English player to miss a penalty. The decisive penalty was scored by the Tottenham player Eric Dier.

Colombia’s 11:

Ospina, Arias (Zapata), D. Sanchez, Mina, Mujica; Barrios, C. Sanchez (Uribe), Lerma (Bacca); Quintero (Muriel), Cuadrado; Falcao.

England’s 11:

Pickford; Walker (Rashford), Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Lingard, Alli (Dier), Young (Rose); Sterling (Vardy), Kane.

The 1966 World Cup Champions will now face Sweden in the quarterfinal. It should be a very different game from this one because Sweden are a lot more organized team than the Colombians. James Rodriguez was also missing in this game and one could only wonder what would have been the outcome if he had played.

What is most important for England is that Harry Kane is playing a fantastic tournament. He is the top scorer of the World Cup with 6 goals and scored in each game when he played. He’s England’s biggest hope of bringing football home.

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