MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
England won their first penalty shootout in World
Cup history in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow as they beat
Colombia 4-3 on penalties here on Tuesday.
The teams were
locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. England will face Sweden in the
quarterfinals on July 7 in Samara and the winner of that match
will face either Russia or Croatia on July 11.
Eric Dier scored the winning penalty for England, after
Colombia’s fourth penalty kick hit the crossbar and the fifth
one was palmed away by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
was saved by Colombia’s David Ospina. Colombia’s star player and
the Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup James Rodriguez,
was kept on the bench throughout the match due to an injury.
marked the sixth clash between Colombia and England, with
England victorious on three previous occasions and drawing with
Colombia twice. England coach Gareth Southgate fielded the same
starting lineup as the side’s opener against Tunisia in the
group phase, playing a 3-5-2 formation.
The Three Lions
launched fast attacks from the very beginning and created a few
threats through some early set pieces, but their efforts were
largely blocked by the Colombian side. The first real chance for
England came in the 16th minute, when captain Harry
Kane, received a Kieran Trippier cross from the right, headed
towards a half-empty net, but sent the ball over the crossbar.
Colombia’s attempts to launch counter attacks were also in vain
in front of England’s defense. Kane opened the scoring for
England in the 57th minute by successfully converting
a penalty after being fouled inside the box by Colombia’s Carlos
It was the
24-year-old’s sixth goal at the tournament, which further
extended the England captain’s lead in the Golden Boot race.
Yerry Mina’s header
after a Juan Cuadrado corner leveled the score for the South
American side in the 93rd minute, taking the game
into extra time. After an intense but goalless 30-minute period,
the game was forced into a penalty shootout where England
triumphed for the first time at football’s biggest event.
materialize our football as we wanted. There were so many
interruptions in the game. Far too many interruptions. So if a
team wants to play a certain style, those interruptions are not
favorable. That has not been good for us, and hurt us a lot,”
said Colombian coach Jose Pekerman at a post-match press
conference. He added that it didn’t mean England had not done
“They were a good
team. Colombia are also good. We have a lot of virtues
contending at the World Cup,” the coach said.
Tuesday’s match saw
a total of 36 fouls. Eight yellow cards were given, with six to
Colombian players, two to English players. England captain Kane,
who was chosen as Man of the Match, said that it was unlucky for
them to concede a corner and allow the Colombians to level the
score in stoppage time.
“But we didn’t let
this affect us. We still know we have extra time; we still have
a penalty shootout to win this game. It showed our togetherness
and character,” he said.
“It’s a big night
for England,” said the captain. England coach Gareth Southgate
said that his team deserved the victory. “We showed resilience
to come back from huge disappointment and kept calm. It’s huge
credit to all our players and staff,” he said.
He is already
thinking of their next match. “Now I’m thinking about Sweden.
They are another team we have a poor record against. We have
underestimated them for years,” Southgate said. A total of
44,190 spectators attended the match at the Spartak Stadium. It
was also the last World Cup fixture at this stadium.
England players have created
their own history, says coach Gareth Southgate
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
England coach Gareth Southgate told reporters on
Tuesday that his men have created their own history and the team
wanted to win more after their victory over Colombia in the
England won the
World Cup round of 16 game at the Spartak Stadium as they beat
Colombia 4-3 on penalties to reach the quarterfinals. The score
was 1-1 after 90 minutes. It is the first time that England has
won a penalty shootout in World Cup history.
Southgate said at
the post-match press conference that the victory was a really
important moment. “Not just winning the shootout but having to
suffer at the end of the game in a stadium there were huge
numbers of Colombian fans and we felt like an away fixture.
Tonight, we showed we don’t have to conform to what’s gone
before. We have created our own history, and I don’t want to go
home yet,” he said.
Southgate also hopes
the result will give belief to “generations of [English] players
that will follow.” The coach revealed that his team has prepared
for a penalty shootout situation.
“We’d talked about
owning the process, and we got the rewards tonight. We looked at
individual techniques and how we needed to be as a team. The
goalkeepers have been very important in that as well,” the
47-year-old coach said.
Colombia, England will face Sweden in the quarterfinals on July
7 in Samara, and winners of that match will play either Russia
or Croatia on July 11.
Southgate said the
match against Sweden will be difficult. “Sweden is another team
we have a poor record against, who we’ve underestimated in the
past. We know exactly how they play and it’s going to be a real
tough test,” he told the press.
“uncomfortable” with referee’s performance
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman told
reporters on Tuesday that it’s difficult for him to accept being
knocked out of the World Cup by England. He also said the
referee’s decisions in their round of 16 clash made the match
“uncomfortable” for him.
Colombia drew 1-1
with England in the 2018 World Cup at the Spartak Stadium in
Moscow and lost the match 3-4 on penalties. In the 57th
minute, England were awarded a penalty because of a Colombian
player’s foul inside the box and Harry Kane opened the scoring
for England by successfully converting the penalty. Yerry Mina
scored for Colombia in the 93rd minute to send the
match into extra-time.
At the post-match
press conference, Pekerman expressed his anger at the referee’s
decisions and the performance of the England players. “It was
uncomfortable to play this match knowing the feelings about the
referee’s decisions. There was a lot of confusion on the pitch
today”, said Pekerman.
The Argentine also
criticized England’s players. “A player faked being fouled
because he was pushed by the opponent and they tried to let the
referee book another player. We saw [this kind of thing] over
and over again,” he said.
Colombia team’s performance in Tuesday’s match. “This was a
brave team that has fought hard and has progressed. We’ve never
thrown in the towel when facing an opponent. We’ve had the right
attitude and mindset. We really hoped we could progress to the
quarterfinals because we fought since we started,” he said.
After a 120-minute
draw, the two sides went to a penalty shootout. Colombia’s
fourth kick hit the crossbar and the fifth one was palmed away
by the England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. England successfully
converted four penalties and had one stopped by David Ospina.
Pekerman said it’s
“very difficult to accept” the elimination. “A team like us
progressed so much [but we] just needed a little luck because a
penalty shootout needs luck. That’s why I was hurt but also
moved because my players deserved to win tonight and to advance
to the quarterfinals,” he added.
The Colombian top
star, James Rodriguez, didn’t play in the fixture and Pekerman
told reporters that his absence was “decisive”.
“Go Kane” UK
tabloid headline causes World Cup controversy
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
British tabloid newspaper The Sun provoked
controversy on Tuesday, with a front cover poking fun at
Colombia’s reputation as the world’s leading producer of
Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday night for a place in the
quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup, and The Sun, which has a
long history of provocative and jingoistic front pages,
published a photo of England striker Harry Kane, along with the
headline: “As the 3 Lions face the nation that gave the world
Shakira, great coffee ad ...er other stuff, we say GO KANE!”
While the words “Go
Kane” may at first sight seem like a battle cry to cheer on the
England striker, who has five goals already in the tournament,
it does also sound suspiciously like “cocaine” and the headline
has not been well received in Colombia, where 25 percent of all
intentional homicides between 1994 and 2008 were drug-related.
Colombian TV network
Caracol TV described the headline as “rude”, while the El
Espectador newspaper said “Colombia’s reply will be on the
is the latest in a long list of offensive comments by the
newspaper, which has in the past mocked a speech impediment by
former England boss Roy Hodgson, used England’s 2010 World Cup
group stage opponents (England, Algeria, Slovenia and “Yanks”)
to spell out “EASY”, and which in 2016 was accused by the
European Commission on Racism and Intolerance of “fuelling
prejudice” and the use of “offensive, discriminatory and