Tuesday 3rd July 2018

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What a bunch of cheating scum bags was this Colombian side. This kind of muggish behavior makes me laugh and sick at the same time. If they prevail I am sick if they loose I laugh. They were an utter disgrace to football. Thank goodness they were beaten. for 90 minutes and a couple more they were a bunch of scheming crooks who were on the ropes, then when they scored to make it 1-1 they continued in the same manner but believed they could win it.

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England’s new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot kicks to reach the quarter-finals.

Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save from Carlos Bacca’s attempt, with England’s first ever World Cup shootout win setting up a meeting with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate’s side had been seconds away from the last eight during normal time, with Harry Kane’s penalty after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez in the box – his sixth goal of the tournament – looking as though it was going to send them through.

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But deep into injury time, Colombia threw everyone forward for a Juan Cuadrado corner, including goalkeeper David Ospina, and Yerry Mina headed a dramatic equaliser at the Spartak Stadium.

Kieran Trippier was standing on the line but could not keep out the Barcelona centre-back’s third headed goal of the World Cup.

The Three Lions had been on top for most of the 90 minutes but appeared understandably deflated in extra time – although Danny Rose and Dier missed late chances to win the game and avoid a shootout.

Henderson had a penalty saved by Ospina in the shootout but Mateus Uribe smashed the following kick onto the crossbar to pave the way for Pickford and Dier to be England heroes.

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No previous world champions stand between England and the final. The winners of their quarter-final will face either Croatia or hosts Russia for a place in Moscow on 15 July.

The game itself had been a bad-tempered affair, with eight players booked in total – six Colombians, including Wilmar Barrios, who was lucky to avoid red for a first-half headbutt on Henderson.

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Colombia are heading home from Russia after losing to England on penalties in an enthralling last-16 World Cup tie.

Following a nail-biting and bad-tempered affair in Moscow, the game was decided by penalty kicks, and it was England who held their nerve to book their place in the quarter-finals after winning the shoot-out 4-3.

The win marks England’s first ever penalties triumph at the World Cup and their first in any competition since defeating Spain at Euro’96, although for a moment it looked like history was about to repeat itself for Gareth Southgate’s men.

All of the momentum appeared to be with Colombia after ‘Los Cafeteros’ had pulled themselves back from the brink of elimination with a stoppage-time goal from Yerry Mina – cancelling out Harry Kane’s earlier penalty – and when England’s Jordan Henderson saw his spot kick saved, it looked like Jose Peckerman’s side were the ones heading to Samara to face Sweden on Saturday.

But after squandering their final two spot-kicks – one of them brilliantly saved by ‘keeper Jordan Pickford – Colombia gave England the chance to steal the victory with their very last penalty, and Eric Dier stepped up and made no mistake, sparking wild celebrations amongst the English players and fans.

Following a cagey and largely uneventful first 45-minutes, the game sprung to life in the second half when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Colombia’s Christian Sanchez had manhandled Harry Kane in the box.

Despite the Colombian players doing their utmost to disrupt Kane’s focus and even appearing to deface the pitch in order to interfere with the penalty, the Tottenham Hotspur striker stepped up and duly despatched the spot kick to put England ahead and take his tally for the tournament to six.

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With the game entering the final minutes of stoppage time and Colombia struggling to break down a resilient England defence, it looked as if the ‘Three Lions’ had done enough to earn their spot in the last eight of the competition. However, following an excellent save from Pickford, Colombia were awarded a corner and after a good cross into the box, centre back Mina climbed above the England defence to head the ball home and send the game into extra-time.

The England players would’ve been kicking themselves if a mistake from a set-piece – an area they’ve looked so strong in thus-far – had gone on to cost them their place in the tournament, and it’ll be something the manager will no doubt look to work on in training before Saturday.

The absence of James Rodriguez, who was again unavailable due to the calf injury that blighted his tournament, appeared to severely negate Colombia’s attack and without their talisman’s creativity and energy going forward the South Americans struggled to mount a serious threat in the final third.

The result means Colombia must wait at least another four years to reach their first World Cup quarter-final, while England will now head to Samara to take on the Swedes full of confidence after finally shaking off their penalty shoot-out hoodoo.

How Colombia reacted

England committed a “monumental robbery” in beating Colombia in the last 16 at the World Cup, according to Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Colombia captain Radamel Falcao also accused referee Mark Geiger of bias towards England, calling the American’s performance “shameful”.

Geiger often struggled to control a feisty encounter in Moscow, which England won on penalties.

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“This situation was undermining us,” said Falcao.

Maradona felt Geiger should have penalised Harry Kane for a foul on Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez instead of awarding the penalty that allowed the England captain to open the scoring just before the hour mark in Moscow.

“Here’s a gentleman who decides, a referee who, if you Google him, shouldn’t be given a match of this magnitude… Geiger, an American, what a coincidence,” Maradona added on his nightly World Cup show for Venezuela-based Telesur broadcaster.

Maradona was pictured wearing a Colombia shirt prior to the game and TV images showed him celebrating Yerry Mina’s late equaliser.

‘He only spoke English, some bias was certain’

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United striker Falcao was one of six Colombia players booked by Geiger, while only two England players had their names taken.

“The referee disturbed us a lot, in the 50-50 plays, he always made the calls in favour of England,” said Falcao. “He didn’t act with the same criteria for both teams. When in doubt, he always went to the England side.

“I found it peculiar that they put an American referee in this instance. To tell you the truth, the process leaves a lot of doubts.”

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Colombia’s Caracol Radio station dedicated an online story to the referee entitled, ‘Mark Geiger, the referee most hated by Colombians’.

Leading daily El Tiempo also called Geiger “controversial”, saying in its story “he has had some mishaps, both in Concacaf and in friendly matches”

Colombia’s media also praised what they saw as a gutsy performance by their team, who were without injured Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.

“Thank you warriors! Colombia departs from the World Cup with their heads high,” RCN Noticias TV said in their online match report.

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“The dream ends for the Tricolour team which leave with their heads high after their bravery and commitment. Thanks boys, the Colombian people support you!” the story said.

El Pais chose a similar headline: “Thank you warriors!”

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