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England win it on the spot against Colombia




England won it from the spot 4-3 against Colombia in the last pre quarterfinals in Moscow on Tuesday. They now meet Sweden in the quarterfinals. In a game that saw England take the lead through Harry Kane in a penalty in the 57th minute and Colombia equalise in the 93rd minute through defender Mina’s header, the excitement started in the last minutes of normal time and concluded after the penalties.

Colombia center back Yerry Mina’s 93rd-minute penalty kick forced extra time, after Harry Kane’s second-half penalty kick had seemingly put England in control.

With James Rodriguez out injured, Colombia struggled to create much in the attack, but it found its equaliser on a dramatic set piece.

England secured the first threat of the match, with Dele Alli, back from a thigh injury, playing Raheem Sterling down the left-hand side. He tried to cut back and cross on Mina, who committed a handball with his sliding challenge deep in Colombia territory. The ensuing free kick by Ashley Young from a tight angle was punched away by goalkeeper David Ospina in the sixth minute.

England came close to opening the scoring in the 16th minute when  Kieran Trippier completed an overlapping run down the right before firing in a cross from the end line toward the back post. Kane was there to meet it, but he couldn’t direct his header on frame, as it sailed over the bar to keep things scoreless.

Colombia got a bit fortunate in the 40th minute, when Wilmar Barrios was given only a yellow card by Geiger for an apparent head butt to Jordan Henderson in the box with England and Colombia players jockeying for position in the wall while England lined up for a free kick. When all was settled, Trippier curled in a dangerous chance from 20 yards, bending it just wide of the left post .

Colombia finally tested goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in first-half stoppage time on a speculative effort, with Juan Quintero putting a low blast from distance on target.

England’s best chances were coming from set pieces, and it had a dangerous opportunity in the 53rd minute off another free kick. Young bent the ball in toward the far post, where Harry Maguire and Kane were waiting, but Davinson Sanchez came to the rescue to steer it out for a corner.

On that corner, disaster struck for Colombia. Carlos Sanchez, who was red carded three minutes into Colombia’s World Cup opener, wrestled Kane to the ground on the corner, with Geiger not hesitating in awarding a penalty.

After a lengthy wait, with Colombia players pleading their case to Geiger, Kane had his spot kick, and he converted, scoring his World Cup-leading sixth goal of the competition and giving England a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute.

Colombia hardly looked threatening at all, but it nearly pulled even in the 81st minute. Out of nothing, Colombia broke forward with numbers after a turnover in the midfield. Carlos Bacca, off the bench, pushed forward before passing to Juan Cuadrado on his right. The winger shanked his chance from inside the box, though, letting England off without any trouble.

When it looked like England would play out the string and finish off the victory, Colombia pulled even. It started with a long-range blast out of nowhere from Mateus Uribe, who forced Pickford into an acrobatic save. On the ensuing corner kick, Mina was first to meet it, heading down for his third goal of the competition and tying it up in the 93rd minute.

It took a bit in extra time for either side to threaten, and Colombia fired the first warning shot in the 104th minute. Radamel Falcao was first to Johan Mojica’s cross from the left, but he misdirected his header wide of the goal, under pressure from Maguire in defense.

England substitute Jamie Vardy looked like he’d have a chance in the 108th minute, but he whiffed on his shot from the right side of the box, instead having it trickle off its heel, as Colombia cleared.

England came close again in the 112th, when Henderson played Danny Rose into the left side of the box. He fired low across the goalmouth, narrowly missing the far post from a tight angle. Another chance came minutes later, when Eric Dier had a free header in the center of the box, only to put it well over the bar.

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