Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Social media reaction to England's World Cup penalty shootout win

Social media reaction to England's World Cup penalty shootout win

"When in doubt he always went to the England side".

And of course everyone expected England to lose. Or a curse. 1990. So if a team wants to play a certain style, those interruptions are not favorable.

England have long-been the advocates of the 4-4-2 formation which many now consider to be out-dated.

Colombia have lost to England at the World Cup before.

With Harry Kane, whose six goals in the tournament are no real surprise, leading the line and Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard behind him, England have exciting talent in their front line.

"We spoke a lot about being an inexperienced, young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch tonight".

Midfielder Eric Dier delivered the final blow, slamming his attempt into the lower left corner under goalkeeper David Ospina after Colombia failed to convert its last two attempts.

It's tense, tight, but in my mind a Colombian equaliser is inevitable, even if Jordan Pickford has remained untroubled in England's goal.

Then, in the penalty shootout at the end of the game, he saved England's bacon, as well as Carlos Bacca's spot kick.

Elated manager Gareth Southgate said: "We've talked a lot to this team about making their own history, and I feel they've really bought into everything we've tried to do with them". Dier peeled off to his right, eventually collapsing under a pile of teammates.

"It was nice to get that one off our backs", Kane said. "It's a huge relief to take going forward".

They will collect themselves for what is next when they are ready.

Here's how British newspapers celebrated England's 'historic' win over Colombia
A spokesman for Essex Police said he believed there were no major disturbances in the county following last night's game. However, most have managed to neglect to tell the whole story; Colombia has never beaten England in a football match.


The 26-year-old was the Golden Boot victor with six goals in Brazil four years ago, when Colombia reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

England's victory over Colombia on Tuesday will be remembered by their fans for the nerve-jangling breaking of their penalty shootout hoodoo but it was also the night when numerous doubts and questions over Gareth Southgate's side were answered.

Entering the game with a reputation for skilful flair and counterattacking football, the Colombian's tactics on the night instead descended to farce at times. There followed defeats to Argentina at the 1998 World Cup in France, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal at Euro 2004 and in the World Cup two years later and, most recently, Italy at Euro 2012.

Seven of England's nine goals so far at this World Cup have come from set-pieces but Sweden's aerial ability could threaten to nullify this option more than most opponents to date.

Furthermore, this was England's maiden success in a World Cup penalty shoot-out. And, for all the progress they have made under Southgate, their struggle to create chances could yet be the thing that prevents them from winning this World Cup.

"There were mixed emotions, highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out".

Then, the awarding of England's penalty exemplified the harsh physical attacks used in the penalty area and similar to those experienced against Tunisia.

They will take on Sweden, who edged Switzerland in their second-round match, in Samara on Saturday afternoon (3pm BST).

At a screening in an English-themed bar in northern Bogota, British expatriates and tourists celebrated England's victory. The victor there gets the Russia-Croatia survivor.

"I did a whole bunch of research", Pickford said, his confidence sky-high. "We're here to stay!" "It showed our togetherness and character", he said. "If anything, we should feel freer".

Henderson exaggerated the contact, but there was no doubting the intent from Barrios, referee Mark Geiger opting not to consult VAR for himself before showing the yellow card.

But mostly it's just been abject, from Poland at Wembley in 1973 all the way through to pretty much any performance you could mention over the past 15 years.

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