England sends Colombia home following shoot-out drama

Gareth Southgate

GETTYGareth Southgate is concerned there has been too much England misery at previous tournaments

Colombia at least has the consolation of showcasing another star in the form of the towering defender Yerry Mina, whose three goals, including Tuesday's 93rd minute equaliser against England, earned him the nickname "Mina de Oro" or gold mine.

England finally overcame almost 30 years of penalty pain when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalised in the 93rd minute.

Colombian keeper David Ospina saved Jordan Henderson's effort, but Jordan Pickford turned away Carlos Bacca's attempt after Manuel Uribe hit the bar.

The last knockout game an England side won was against Ecuador in 2006, and even that was an unconvincing 1-0 victory over a team most people had been delighting in the prospect of the Three Lions hammering.

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It was just the second time in eight occasions England has won a shootout at a major tournament, and the first time ever in the World Cup.

Maradona who is working as Federation Internationale de Football Association ambassador in Russia was furious with the way American referee Mark Geiger handled the game between England and Colombia.

England manager Gareth Southgate likely was fine with that ratio, however, noting after the game, "I thought there were many, many fouls in the game and I don't think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents", per Stuart James of the Guardian.

"For me, it was one of those games that was so odd", he said.

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Colombia's devastated coach Jose Pekerman complained England tried to draw fouls but also acknowledged his team lacked the poise in the final third, exemplified by forward Radamel Falcao, who huffed-and-puffed desperately with little impact.

"When you play against a team that want to fight, want to disturb your momentum, you can sometimes get dragged into it, and that's what they want". Because not only are Colombia a unsafe proposition, with James Rodriguez potentially being fit to line up alongside other phenomenal attacking talents such as Juan Quintero, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado, but it would be so very English to start running before we can walk.

He continued, stating: "I think we have to try and defend football and we should do a little more to try to prevent certain situations knowing that they may arise". A man like [Geiger] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

As of Thursday, the it had 192,000 signatures but Colombia fans can forget about any realistic hopes of the game being replayed with England facing Sweden in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon. It is a game we always dreamed of playing.

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The former Manchester United and Chelsea striker was one of the six Colombians booked and he told reporters: "The referee disturbed us a lot".

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