England finally wins penalty shootout at World Cup

Elena Summers
July 6, 2018

It argues that Gareth Southgate's men were awarded their second-half penalty for a "non-existent foul" when Carlos Sanchez was deemed to have brought down Harry Kane.

England are aiming to announce themselves as serious 2018 FIFA World Cup contenders when they take on an attack-minded Colombia side in their last-16 clash at the Otkrytie Arena tonight.

England's Jordan Pickford made a massive save on Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe was denied by the crossbar in the shootout.

Maradona has argued that it is actually the English that was guilty of such tactics and even accused the Three Lions of "theft".

England will next play Sweden on Saturday in Samara.

The former World Cup victor said Tuesday night's referee would "know a lot about baseball" but had "no idea about football", scolding him for not turning to the VAR (video assistant referee) system when Colombian players called for the penalty decision to be investigated further.

"It was a top-class save, I'm surprised he could reach it given his height", Southgate said with a wry smile. Can this World Cup get any more mental?

But misses from the final two attempts from the penalty spot for Colombia gave England the chance to seal the victory, and Eric Dier made no mistake and sent this country into the next round.

"It was a good match, but (I'm) always disappointed when the game goes to penalties - it doesn't show the true potential of the team", said Emma Kinsey, 32, a yoga instructor from Lincoln who lives in Bogota. But Colombia, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation will be feeling exactly the same, and they will all fancy themselves against a nation which has a history of taking too much for granted.

England fans went through every kind of emotion as they watched our national football team beat Colombia on penalties last night.

The travelling England fans stayed in the Moscow's Spartak Stadium for hours after the final whistle and were rewarded with the players and staff coming out to thank them after getting showered and changed. A man like that (Geiger) should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

One incident that was caught by the camera was the headbutt by Colombia's Wilmar Barrios on Jordan Henderson which earned him a yellow card that some observers felt should have been a red. "We shouldn't only look at Colombian players".

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