England beat Colombia on penalties after dramatic night in Moscow

Marcus Newton
July 6, 2018

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona has accused the match officials of cheating Colombia out of victory in their 2018 FIFA World Cup second round tie against England on Tuesday.

England were the better side without looking too risky but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

He was also live streamed watching the tense penalty shootout on his Instagram account, during which he cheered Colombia's goals and England midfielder Jordan Henderson's missed penalty.

The game peaked with 24.4m linear viewers as goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a courageous save after it looked like England would fall to the inevitable with Jordan Henderson missing his spot kick.

The Three Lions can continue believing that it's coming home.

Hopefully, all the players will be fully recovered - and caught up on their sleep - ahead of Saturday's quarter-final with Sweden.

"I'd rather not go into some of the stuff because I'll get into trouble".

"Obviously we'd spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch", the Spurs striker said.

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In his program "De la mano del 10", a show where he analyzes World Cup matches on TeleSUR, Maradona decried Colombia's defeat and argued it was not the players' fault.

The former World Cup victor said Tuesday night's referee would "know a lot about baseball" but had "no idea about football", scolding him for not turning to the VAR (video assistant referee) system when Colombian players called for the penalty decision to be investigated further.

"We are very self-confident and that will compensate for the fact that they are more rested".

"They have good plans, they have a clear way of playing - and it's bloody hard to play against".

"If you think back to 1990 where we had Cameroon and Belgium to get to a World Cup semi-final, we've now got an opportunity to play Colombia and Sweden or Switzerland to get to a World Cup semi-final", he continued.

Captain Harry Kane, now leads the Golden Boot race with five goals in two games and will be the key figure for Gareth Southgate's men tonight.

"But we have played tough matches that have made us stronger, more confident and with more belief in ourselves".

Football's world governing body added it was "extremely sorry" to read the comments from "a player who has written the history of our game".

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