Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Colombia shootout loss: David Ospina proud despite shootout 'lottery' loss to England

Colombia shootout loss: David Ospina proud despite shootout 'lottery' loss to England

Tonight's penalty shootout win is England's first ever in World Cup history.

Earlier, the tournament's leading scorer Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation, and England looked to be through until Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time.

England trailed 3-2 in the penalty shootout after Jordan Henderson's shot was saved, but Mateus Uribe hit the bar and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then saved Carlos Bacca's kick.

The result means that Colombia must wait at least another four years for their first appearance in the World Cup quarter finals, while England will now head to Samara full of confidence after shaking off their penalty shootout hoodoo.

The winners will face either Sweden or Switzerland and fancy their chances of making the semi-finals.

There was another element of dirty tricks when Harry Kane waited four minutes to take his penalty, Colombia's Johan Mojica scuffing up the penalty spot amid scenes close to anarchy as others in yellow tried to get inside the England captain's head.

This was the Three Lions' first win in the knockout stages of a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Manager Jose Pekerman said before the game that Rodriguez had undergone an MRI scan which showed the injury was not serious, per Joe Shread at Sky Sports.

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One key player is 22-year-old Dele Alli, who has recovered from a thigh strain that sidelined him from England's last two games. "You want to be involved in the games that matter and the lads have the chance to write their own stories now".

'I did all my research.

England move on to face Sweden in the quarter-final, with the victor set to face either Croatia or hosts Russian Federation for a place in the World Cup final.

Southgate's men were rewarded for their persistence minutes after the break when, from a corner, Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane in the box. When the action got underway, England began the brighter of the two, a series of early corners on both sides were well defended by a compact Colombia. "I have the power and agility".

Emotions were running high and the English players had a psychological battle to win when the match went to the penalties.

"Our mindset and mentality, we never stopped, " he said. Just check out what the fans of England and Colombia went through after a hard fought match.

It was a stunning end to normal time that left England ragged and reeling.

And then came the mental and physical examinations posed by Jose Pekerman's team as they disputed nearly every decision, indulged in grappling throughout and even saw one of their coaching staff give Raheem Sterling a deliberate and totally unnecessary nudge as he came off at half-time.

Pickford was just two years old when England last won a penalty shootout, a few days older when the now-England coach Gareth Southgate missed the deciding penalty in a European Championship semifinal loss to Germany.

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