Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

England-Colombia Penalty Kicks: Full Shootout Highlights

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Kristopher Love | 04 July, 2018, 19:41

It was a second heartbreaking World Cup elimination in a row for Colombia's talisman after they were eliminated by Brazil four years earlier. "We shouldn't only look at Colombian players".

"It is a blow for the whole group".

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

With the World Cup Round of 16 clash heavily poised at the Otkrytiye Arena, tensions began to rise and tempers were threatening to spill over after Barrios appeared to lash out at the Liverpool skipper.

"A top-class save. I'm surprised he could reach it, given his height", Southgate said of the save from Bacca's penalty. I'm not the biggest but I can get around the goal.

Jordan Henderson and James Rodriguez could have been in direct competition last night but despite the fact that the Colombian didn't make it onto the pitch the England midfielder still had time to console him after the dramatic penalty shoot-out.

England have beaten Colombia on penalties. As they contemplated 30 minutes of extra time, Southgate huddled his young squad together and encouraged them to press the reset button.

England substitutes had the best chances to win the game in extra-time, but Danny Rose rifled wide of the far post after being played in by Henderson and Dier wasted a free header.

- The last England player to be fouled more often in a World Cup match than Harry Kane in this match (9) was Alan Shearer in 1998 against Tunisia (11).

They seemed to against Colombia, even as the game turned chippy and the referee, Mark Geiger of the United States, started using his yellow card.

Gareth Southgate's rejuvenated England side who have breathed a new life into English football with fans really starting to believe the Three Lions can go all the way in FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

This was the Three Lions' first win in the knockout stages of a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup in Germany. "We have a lot of virtues contending at the World Cup", the coach said.

The 27-year-old from south east London said: "I just really wanted to beat them (England)".

Also, as one of the shootout scorers Kieran Trippier noted, Southgate made his team practice penalties when they exhausted at the end of a training session, to simulate the fatigue that is present after extra-time.

He continued, stating: "I think we have to try and defend football and we should do a little more to try to prevent certain situations knowing that they may arise".

Substitute Danny Rose nearly struck an extra-time victor when his angled shot whistled beyond the far post, and Eric Dier headed over unmarked at a corner before England's luck deserted them again in all too familiar fashion.