England beats Colombia in penalties after dirty, foul-filled game

England beats Colombia in penalties after dirty, foul-filled game

MOSCOW-The England national soccer team has spent the past three weeks attempting to prove to the rest of the world that it really had changed.

Expected Crowd Turnout: With its last hosting in this FIFA World Cup 208, Spartak Stadium is expected to be a jam-packed affair, as Colombia meet England, with a total crowd attendance of 44,800. The players actively talked down their chances in a bid to project an air of humility.

With a fresh generation of players not burdened by past misery, England coach Gareth Southgate has helped to banish painful memories of his own: Missing the final kick at Euro '96 against Germany.

"We've become like family", he said.

England are looking to win their first knockout game at a major tournament since reaching the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.

As the two teams get ready to battle each other for a spot in the Quarter-Final, we run the rule over the two squads.




When Juan Cuadrado blazed horribly over the bar with the goal gaping 10 minutes from time with Colombia's first chance of the match it looked all over for them but there was a fiery sting in the tail of normal time.

Danny Rose fired across the face of goal on 112 minutes but a stranded Ospina watched the ball roll wide of the post and out of play. "We had a fair feeling - [Radamel] Falcao was the only one who didn't go the way we thought". The one team who will be relishing all this is Colombia -- what greater motivation than an England team believing playing them is an easier way to glory! Colombia need James Rodriguez to be fit but they are hitting form. Thus, he is likely to miss the match against England which will turn out to be a huge blow for Colombia.

Everything's changed - all we need is Eric Dier, subbed on to consolidate what we thought would be Kane's victor, to score it. Midfielder Fabian Delph is skipping the game because he has traveled home to England to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's baby.

Pickford stood tall for England in the shootout.

Wilmar Barrios was the first man to get booked on Tuesday in the latest controversial incident that highlighted the use of the video assistant at the World Cup.

Previous results: Defeated Tunisia, 2-1.

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