Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

England players stayed up past 6am reliving historic Colombia victory

England players stayed up past 6am reliving historic Colombia victory

"We had a cruel blow on 90 minutes, which we had to show incredible resilience to come back from", said a relieved Southgate, whose own penalty miss cost England in the semifinals against Germany at Euro '96.

"Well I just did our research for starters", Pickford said to ITV.

Beer sprayed high into the blue Tyneside sky as Kane scored England's spot-kick. Regulation ended 1-1 as Colombia canceled out a Harry Kane penalty-kick goal late in the match, and neither could find the victor in extra time.

But Colombia's Mateus Uribe hit the bar and England's Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca, leaving Eric Dier to score the decisive penalty and earn a quarter-final against Sweden, while denying the Colombians a second straight run to the last eight.

"Today we were on the receiving end of this but I hope it won't happen again".

Maradona felt Geiger should have penalised Harry Kane for a foul on Colombia's Carlos Sanchez instead of awarding the penalty that allowed the England captain to open the scoring just before the hour mark in Moscow.

Another tweeted: "The more I see of Mr Southgate, the more impressive he gets".

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Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: "Patriotic punters have backed England since day one and tonight's game has already broken records in terms of bets placed, with 50% of all bets featuring Harry Kane".

Pickford succeeded where Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Paul Robinson failed as the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cups ended in shootout losses. We knew what we had to do, we stayed calm, we stuck to our plan, we never panicked all the way through extra time. Kane put away the penalty with class in the 57th minute. "So, it's nice to get that one off our back and we'll have huge belief moving forward".

Dan Underhill, 38, from Gillingham, Kent, said "it's got to be" when asked if this was England's best opportunity in decades.

That mentality and the preparation was evident in the way England dealt with the challenge of the shootout.

Southgate was labelled the "ultimate gentleman" and a "class act" on Twitter after his gesture of sympathy as he went around shaking hands and embracing Colombian players.

"There were so many interruptions in the game, far too many interruptions", Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said.

But Southgate also knew it had been more than a decade since England's last knockout-round win at a big event, and so he was sure to savor this one - both for himself, because of his past, but also because he thinks this England can paint a brighter future than its recent self-flagellating past. It bounced down and over the head of the England defender, giving Colombia an improbable lead and justifiably deflating England. "People should also look at England's players".

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