Diego Maradona says Colombia suffered a 'monumental robbery' against England

05 July, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour in Moscow, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner.

The only blot on his match was the inability to prevent Yerry Mina's header squeezing past him into the net in the 90th minute as the South Americans forced extra time.

Fans wearing replica shirts chanted "football's coming home", the refrain which has always been adopted as an unofficial national anthem for the England football team, at various points during the match, most notably after Spurs striker Kane's opener, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's penalty save, and substitute Eric Dier's decisive spot-kick.

England had faced penalty shootouts three times at a World Cup, in 1990, 1998 and 2006 but with the help of an excellent save by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford they finally found a way.

"We said, well, we'll come and see what this famous city has got to offer, take in the sights, see the game and hopefully England do the business".

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Gilas lost by default, 53-89, as Fajardo and Norwood intentionally fouled themselves out of the game. Bucks ' Thon Maker and former NBAer Andray Blatche were part of the incident .

"Obviously we'd spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch", the Spurs striker said. "But we were ready for that". We knew what we had to do, we stayed calm, we stuck to our plan, we never panicked all the way through extra time.

"We'd studied all of their penalty takers and great credit to our collective of staff and to him for taking on board that information and preparing in the right way".

Regardless, England will not care one bit what he thinks, and will go into the quarter-finals of the World Cup in buoyant mood.

Southgate has challenged his players to write their own history after England's poor recent results at finals.

Colombia must beat England to remain in the tournament and defeat on Tuesday will mean elimination.

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A member of the Colombia coaching staff appeared to deliberately barge Sterling as the Manchester City player headed towards the half-time at the interval, escaping with just a telling-off.

England had researched Colombia's penalty takers beforehand and Pickford said: "We had a fair feeling, and (Radamel) Falcao was the only one who didn't go his (usual) way".

England manager Gareth Southgate speaks with Harry Kane and team mates.

On Colombia's side only Juan Cuadrado came close to Trippier, creating four chances.

Knowing that a goal would end decades' worth of heartache and send the Three Lions into the World Cup quarterfinals, Eric Dier stepped up to the spot with both teams - and millions around the world - watching on.

Fans react to blistering start in Croatia v Denmark
Denmark , which is set to take on Croatia Sunday, suffered its last defeat against Montenegro in 2016 in the World Cup qualifiers. When Ivan Rakitić calmly buried the decisive penalty , the fans in Croatia immediately ignited flares to start one insane party.

A brief screen outage in the closing minutes of normal time added even more drama to the evening's activities.

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