England end their penalty curse, beat Colombia in petulant game

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England boss Gareth Southgate has urged his team not to look further than the Round of 16 clash with Colombia.

In the craziest World Cup of modern times, it makes flawless sense that even England would find a way to advance on penalties for once-even though Colombia had an advantage after three rounds.

Colombia's national soccer team will on Tuesday lock horns with England seeking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup in a game that could define this generation of players.

England meet Colombia on Tuesday night with the victor playing advancing to the Quarter Finals in Russian Federation.

But first England must get past Colombia and that won't exactly be an easy task.

A Mateus Uribe effort out of nothing in second-half stoppage forced Jordan Pickford into a desperate diving save - the England keeper pushing around his post to deny the snapshot from distance.

The Three Lions were moments away from a 1-0 win after 90 minutes, but Yerry Mina's header ensured the game went to extra time. The Daily Telegraph says that head coach Jose Pekerman was "very worried" about Rodriguez's injury and Colombia "will be holding their breath" for news on the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot victor. On top of that, England was knocked out of the 1996 European Championship semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012 on penalties.

Defeat to Belgium in their third group game on Thursday may not prove costly for England, as it means they arguably have a more straightforward route to the semi-finals. The manager has come in with great ideas, great ideas in the way he wants us to play.

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We expect Colombia to dictate play for at least half the game, with England content to launch repeated and rapid counter-attacks.

Belgium won the battle and earned bragging rights in Group G. England finished runners-up and were subsequently matched against Colombia.

Pickford succeeded where Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Paul Robinson failed as the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup campaigns ended in shootout losses.

Southgate's men were rewarded for their persistence minutes after the break when, from a corner, Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane in the box.

Lingard, whose long-range goal in England's 6-1 win over Panama has been one of the highlights of the team's performances, says he is enjoying his role as part of a trio operating behind striker and captain Harry Kane.

However, a football-loving cat has emerged as a star supporter for England's next World Cup opponents.

The 23-year-old scored three headed goals at the 2018 World Cup; the most by a player in a single tournament since Miroslav Klose for Germany in 2002 (5), and was unfortunate to end on the losing side.

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