England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

Marcus Newton
July 4, 2018

England though, have a tricky round of 16 match against Colombia on Tuesday but then would have winnable games against Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals and Russia, Croatia or Denmark in the semi-finals on their route.

Had Colombia played the expansive passing game that proved too much for Poland during the group stages, they would surely have made life more hard for England, who have always found it tough against opponents who can dominate possession.

Sweden now await in a mouth-watering Samara quarter-final on Saturday, which England approach buoyed by a display of character and coolness which belied this group's tender years.

But first they have to get past Colombia, who topped Group H and are a unsafe side with aspirations of going further themselves. "We should now be the most positive we have ever been", Gary Neville told ITV following England's loss to Belgium last Thursday.

With the likes of Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain having already been eliminated from the tournament, the Three Lions now find themselves three games away from the World Cup final. David Ospina will play a grander role in calming the defensive line and ensuring they keep their shape and cool on the pitch.

England hope to end their run of 12 years without a knockout round victory in a major tournament on Tuesday and their initial hopes will be placed on whether or not James Rodriguez can start for their opponents, Colombia.

According to FourFourTwo, an estimated 40,000 Colombian fans will have arrived in Russian Federation by the time the match against England kicks off on Tuesday. We have to concentrate one game at a time.

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Should the Cucuta-born star not make it into the staring XI, he is likely to be replaced by Sevilla's Luis Muriel who deputized in the win over Senegal when the Bayern Munich man departed proceedings after half an hour. "But the World Cup is very important - it unites people from all parts of Colombia, as well as our global hostel guests".

Can Colombia pass the England challenge? Substitutes will be the key to winning this game and there is more quality coming from England's side of the dugout.

And Colombia dramatically equalised from the resulting corner kick - towering defender Yerry Mina rising high and slamming his downward header past Pickford and off the head of Kieran Trippier to send the match to extra-time.

"I thought he was never at full fitness" in England due to an earlier knee injury, Southgate said.

Celebrating England fans at Spartak Stadium.

"We are the youngest team left in and we are the most inexperienced team left in, but we've got some old fogeys as well who help the younger ones to get through it and show super leadership", Southgate said.

England striker Harry Kane was rested in the Belgium defeat but is still top of the goal-scoring charts in Russian Federation, with five goals in two matches.

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