ENGLAND PROGRESS TO QUARTERFINALS AFTER EPIC BATTLE WITH COLOMBIA
What a World cup it has been so far. The games have been brilliant the Hosting has gone on immaculately and there isn’t much more fans can ask for. And last night, the competition served up another thriller in the mould of England Vs Colombia. It was the last game of the Round of 16 fixtures and it was truly a case of they served the best for Last.
England were runners up in their group G featuring Belgium and were up against a robust Colombian team that were very Physical and crude in their ways. The pre-match Predictions had Colombia slightly as Favorites only because England have a habit of choking at Knockout rounds of major competitions.
The game itself was a largely scrappy affair Both teams cancelling each other out but more of England trying more to play football while the Colombians without their Talisman James Rodriguez sat out the entire game due to Injury. The first half didn’t present any meaningful chance but on the 56th minute Colombia Conceded a penalty after Striker was hauled down on a corner Kick. Harry Kane stepped up and Buried the Penalty giving England a deserved lead. The Colombians response to that was to get unruly on the pitch showing a lack of composure and discipline as their players kept responding Angrily to referee calls against them. Going into Tackles Heavily and late bagging Yellow cards with reckless abandon. It for long periods seemed they were going to bag a Red Card but they managed to survive. A defender Wilmar Barros even Headbutted Jordan Hendersson but amazingly escaped a sending off.
As the match progressed England felt it would be best to not take any further risks against this Colombian team and thought to see out the 1-0 lead but disaster Struck in the 93rd Minute when Giant defender Yeri Mina powered home a 93rd minute Powerful header to tie the game at 1-1 and stunn England. The extra time was one England were obviously not ready to face not after they just saw the door to victory slammed in their face. But they made it through the 30 mins and penalties ensued. The drama was crazy, Kane scored, Falcao, Scored, Rashford scored, Luis Muriel scored, Hendersson Saved, Uribe Missed, Trippier Scored, Bacca saved, Eric Dier scored.. England won 4-3
. Ecstatic ENGLAND FANS jubilate after the final whistle
It sparked Scenes of wild Celebrations among England players on the pitch, fans in the stands — and in Pubs In England
England’s first-ever World Cup shootout win in history . And my was it celebrated. Everton goalkeeper and Hero Jordan Pickford said “We knew we were capable of winning. I did all my research. I’ve got power and agility.
“I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save and I was.
“It’s all about the set position and I got a hand to it. We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties.”
Tottenham striker Kane — who has now notched up six goals in just three World Cup games — said: “We are so unlucky not to go through in 90 minutes. No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted.
“It was a big night for England.
“In the shootout we had to stand up and that’s what we have done.
“We are through to the next round and that is the most important thing.”
England coach Gareth Southgate, who was hugged on the pitch by family members including wife Alison, summed up the night in one word: “Fantastic.”
He added: “I think we deserved it We played so well in the 90 minutes.
“We showed resilience to come back from huge disappointment and kept calm.
“This was special but I want us to go on. Sweden is another team we have a poor record against.
“We have underestimated them for years. It’s a special moment for us. They (the players) have created their own story and made history.”
England will face Sweden on Saturday and will fancy their Chances of getting past them to the semi finals.
The world cup is Roaring along to an end and England are still in it.