Pickford takes England past Colombia for a place in quarterfinals

Lynette Rowe
July 6, 2018

A bad-tempered last-16 clash ended 1-1 in Moscow on Tuesday before England won on penalties for the first time ever at a World Cup to reach the quarter-finals.

Gareth Southgate's men prevailed in a fiercely competitive match against the South Americans, but Maradona has since hit out at first official Mark Geiger for awarding England a penalty after Harry Kane was wrestled to the ground by Carlos Sanchez.

England goalkeeper Jack Butland has revealed the meticulous preparation behind their 4-3 shootout win - helped by Jordan Pickford's superb save from Carlos Bacca - and how he feared Colombia keeper David Ospina might accidentally uncover their game plans.

Eric Dier scored the decisive kick after a scrappy game went through 30 minutes of extra time, denying Colombia a second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals.

Historically, England haven't won a knockout game in any major tournament since they beat Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup.

"I thought we dealt with the situation really well".

Colombia's aggression angered England players throughout the match, particularly when Wilmar Barrios escaped a red card for what appeared to be a deliberate head-butt on Jordan Henderson in the buildup to a free kick.

"I started to get the feeling that this team could be risky in the next few tournaments".

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"A player fakes a foul, they are trying to get the referee to book another player", he said.

"For me, it was one of those games that was so odd".

The 27-year old Colombian footballer was gunned down after scoring an own goal that led to his country's exit from the World Cup in 1994.

Hopefully, all the players will be fully recovered - and caught up on their sleep - ahead of Saturday's quarter-final with Sweden.

"We've not got a good record against them, I think we've always underestimated them".

Another user, INFINITO observed: "That was Mateus Uribe's last game, that man is already dead."

The former Manchester United and Chelsea striker was one of the six Colombians booked and he told reporters: "The referee disturbed us a lot".

Football's world governing body added it was "extremely sorry" to read the comments from "a player who has written the history of our game". The vibrant Colombia fans belted out their national anthem and bounced in unison, swinging scarves above their heads.

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