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England reach World Cup quarter-finals after slamming Colombia during penalties
July 21 2018, 08:06 | Van Peters
Colombia boss Jose Pekerman hopes James Rodriguez will be fit to play England
England finally overcame almost 30 years of penalty pain when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalized in the 93rd minute.
Perhaps the loss through injury of James Rodriguez, who watched from the stands, forced coach Jose Pekerman into adopting the unsavoury tactics; but by going down that route, Colombia simply showed England that they feared them.
The round of 16 match against Colombia was tied 1-1 after regulation.
After exiting the 2014 World Cup without winning a game in the group stage, the squad has been remodeled with a youthful, more street-wise mentality by Southgate at his first major tournament as coach. Only two outfield players from the side that started against Belgium are likely to start this last-16 game.
At full-time, Colombia had committed significantly more fouls - 21 to to England's 13 - while England marginally stayed on top of possession, 52% to 48%. "Losing the game might actually benefit England to go further in the World Cup, to be on the right side of the draw which I believe they are".
Abel Aguilar is confirmed to be on the absentee list. "So we still have one and a half days to see how he feels".
The Tottenham striker commented on Twitter after England's win.
"Muriel is an option (if James is not fit)".
Another talking point would be Carlos Sanchez.
Best World Cup finish: Champion, 1966. The match against England will be tricky and the manager will not want any mistakes to prove costly.
First when Kieran Trippier scored to level the scores after Colombia followed Henderson's misfortune by squandering one of their own, and then when Jordan Pickford made that quite wonderful one-handed save. "Falcao is the only one who didn't go his way".
Mexico defeats South Korea, close to 16 But history was not on Mexico's side because it had not won back-to-back matches at a World Cup since 2002. South Korea will face Germany at the same time in Kazan.
There have been calls for Alli being dropped in favour of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has given a good account of himself thus far in Russian Federation.
It's an issue Southgate will have to resolve fast, and he may have to turn to Ruben Loftus-Cheek to help out.
Kane now joins Gary Lineker as the only England player to have bagged six goals at a single World Cup. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the Colombia England soccer game immediately.
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 teams play at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) in the final round-of-16 match of the tournament.
Yerry Mina has been the better of the performers so far in Russian Federation.
The winners will face either Sweden or Switzerland and fancy their chances of making the semi-finals.
Sanchez gave no update on his readiness for the match.
The Arsenal keeper told The Guardian: "We are a better team than four years ago". Even if the 2014 Golden Boot victor is able to feature, it is unlikely to be from the start. It's all about the set position and I got a hand to it.
Will Colombia beat England for the first time? In reality, the match is too close to call.
England had gone ahead in the 57th minute with Harry Kane's penalty for his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation.