Federation Internationale de Football Association 'strongly rebukes' Diego Maradona comments after England win against Colombia

Jul 05, 2018, 04:45
Federation Internationale de Football Association 'strongly rebukes' Diego Maradona comments after England win against Colombia

Jordan Pickford's save from Colombia's Carlos Bacca, following Mateus Uribe's miss, enabled Eric Dier to score the decisive kick for England, which sends them through to a quarterfinal clash with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate insists he knew England would beat Colombia to reach the quarter finals of the World Cup, as his side overcome the South Americans 4-3 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. "But today is a special moment for this team". "I've never really been in a situation like that before". We'll smile and be happy and say "Well done lads". "I think this is one of the best chances we've had to win it since those glory days of 66".

"It was a nervous one".

Harry Kane scored his tournament-leading sixth goal to give England the lead with a penalty kick in the 57th minute.

However, England conceded a late equaliser from a determined Colombian attack, with Yerry Mina finally finding the back of the net in the third minute of extra time. "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself".

"But we were very clear and once we'd assessed a couple of injuries that we had, we told the players who they were and they were ready".

"We know the size of the task and we know the difficulty of this task".

Speaking to teleSUR, he said: "I saw a monumental theft on the pitch".

"Well I just did our research for starters", Pickford said to ITV. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper in the world.

Another tweeted: "The more I see of Mr Southgate, the more impressive he gets".

Pickford succeeded where Peter Shilton, David Seaman, and Paul Robinson failed as the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup campaigns ended in shootout losses.

Southgate shaking hands with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao after England's shootout success.

BBC Sport tweeted images of Southgate's emotional reaction to his team winning the penalty shootout.

"I'd have liked a week to enjoy this one but haven't got that because Sweden are a team I respect hugely".

In truth, England thoroughly deserved to go through having kept their discipline in the face of Colombian intimidation during a 1-1 draw.

Here, FP looks at the Three Lions' potential route on to the final, using the world rankings to determine opponents from the quarter-finals onwards. Before, and after, were those half-dozen penalty shootouts, and those half-dozen England defeats.

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.

"There were so many interruptions in the game, far too many interruptions", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. The first match I ever watched was the 66 final but I was eight and can not remember much about it.

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