Colombian star: American ref handed England win

Colombian star: American ref handed England win

Colombian star: American ref handed England win

Following a cagey and largely uneventful first 45-minutes, the game sprung to life in the second half when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Colombia's Christian Sanchez had manhandled Harry Kane in the box.

Two Colombian players who failed to convert their penalties against England have began suffering insults and death threats from furious fans.

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. Will the Three Lions win a first knock-out match for 12 years?

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

"The Colombian players asked for VAR [video assistant referee intervention] and he did not give it to them".

The World Cup, which has thrown up a number of surprises during the tournament, has been a boon for British broadcasters.

"It is true that I did not shine as I had wanted in England but that is part of the past", said the 32-year-old striker.

The Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup lasted only 30 minutes in their 1-0 victory over Senegal that saw them advance through the group stage.

"It'll be the most hard game they'll have played so far, they can bet on that".

Colombia were whistled for 23 of the game's 36 fouls and received six of the eight yellow cards in a feisty game at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

"We've had a list [of penalty takers] for the past couple of days", Southgate said.

"Like the ambassador, we're looking forward to a good game tonight against a great footballing nation", the spokesperson added. "They are always more than the sum of their parts. A man like that [Mark Geiger, the American referee] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude".

"But we have played tough matches that have made us stronger, more confident and with more belief in ourselves".

In some minds Colombia's Wilmar Barrios was fortunate not to be sent off after slow motion replays appeared to show him headbutting England midfiender Jordan Henderson as a fracas erupted around the awarding a free kick.

"Football should be a vehicle of peace and social transformation, and at the end of the day, it is just a game".

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