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- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 05, 2018,
Jul 05, 2018, 1:29
Colombia's efforts to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the second straight time were hampered by refereeing interruptions and constant calls from England's players for fouls in the South Americans' last-16 loss on penalties, said coach Jose Pekerman.
But Colombia could not capitalise, and Eric Dier would be the hero for England as he struck his penalty past David Ospina. Even Prince William took to Twitter to say, "I couldn't be prouder of england - a victory in a penalty shootout!"
WHY CROATIA WINS: The Croatians are just as balanced as Brazil or England - and might have the best box-to-box midfield tandem in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
Earlier on Friday, France and Uruguay open the quarter finals when the face each other in Nizhny Novgorod at 10 a.m. ET.
An impressive France side made Argentina's weaknesses all too clear and with Messi out of form and surrounded by players who are simply not good enough to win a World Cup, defeat seemed inevitable. That will mark a departure from the penchant of the World Cup final to spotlight titans, with Spain in 2010 the only finalist since 1966 without multiple finals all-time, and with nobody deeming Spain an upstart. We started to make a couple of defensive errors and getting a bit edgy.
For one family watching the Colombia v England World Cup match there was an extra level of tension. What's most notable about the Scandinavians is their insistence that mentality and mindset ultimately are what give them a chance in every game. "They've been exciting, young, great energy, playing with a lot of freedom", the new D.C. United player added.
"We saw a hard match and this does not mean that England have not done well", Pekerman said, adding that his team had also failed to pose a greater threat in the area.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford spoke of researching Colombia's penalty tendencies, and Southgate credited the 24-year-old and his staff for seeing them through.
Belgium were on the brink of another major tournament failure when trailing 2-0 with 21 minutes to play against, only for a magnificent breakaway goal by Nacer Chadli in the fourth minute of injury-time to cap a stunning fightback.
Argentina flirted with disaster in the group stage and although hopes were high that they could improve after beating Nigeria in the group stage, it was not to be.