Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Falcao slams 'shameful' referee for 'favouring' England against Colombia

Falcao slams 'shameful' referee for 'favouring' England against Colombia

England have claimed their first ever World Cup penalty shootout win against Colombia in Spartak Stadium, sending their fans through every emotion imaginable in the process - many of which have been on display on social media.

England looked to be heading into the last eight courtesy of Harry's 57th-minute penalty in Moscow, but the towering Yerry Mina headed in a stoppage-time equalizer before a match littered with fouls went to a shootout. "A penalty? In a match?"

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

England can now look forward to their first World Cup quarter final appearance since 2006.

"We've just got to concentrate on doing the job and focus, really".

Dier admitted: 'It was a nervous one.

"But we were very clear and once we'd assessed a couple of injuries that we had, we told the players who they were and they were ready".

Southgate stayed off the Colombians' bulletin board with a few clichés, but he knows exactly what is expected - and what can go wrong. I can't put into words the happiness and gratitude I'm feeling'.

Mina's leveller put the celebrations on hold, but Pickford, who saved two penalties at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup in 2011, had the last laugh in the shoot-out.

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That means even the prize for England's fistfight of a victory against Colombia is a positive: It will play unheralded Sweden - and not France or Brazil or even Uruguay or Belgium again - in the quarterfinals.

Missing a vital penalty for your country is something Southgate knows all too well after the former England defender crucially failed from the spot against Germany in their agonising semi-final defeat on penalties at Wembley in Euro 1996.

Colombia almost lost Wilmar Barrios to a red card late in the first half.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United striker Falcao was one of six Colombia players booked by Geiger, while only two England players had their names taken.

Kane's goal - his sixth here - had given England a 1-0 lead and pushed him to the top of the race for the Golden Boot as the World Cup's top scorer.

Alli almost added a second when his diving header at the far post flashed over the bar, with Lingard appealing for another spot-kick after he was caught by Davinson Sanchez.

But Mina rose powerfully to meet the resulting corner, with Trippier only able to help the ball in via the underside of the crossbar in the third minute of added-on time.

Football fans who had packed onto a specially built grandstand in the beer garden of the Railway Tavern pub in Dereham, Norfolk erupted with cheers as Dier scored England's winning penalty.

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