For all the talk about England’s progress under Gareth Southgate, his youthful side have yet to be truly examined in this World Cup but Tuesday’s last 16 opponents Colombia will certainly ask the right questions.
England will try and overcome the weight of the history of knockout heartbreaks in recent past when they face Colombia while the South American outfit will attempt to secure a place in the quarter-finals for the second time in succession.
Full-time report: England scraped through a win against a spirited Colombia in penalties after the 120 minutes of regular and additional time couldn't separate the two teams who played a haphazard game at a break-neck speed with only one goal at either end to show for it. At the end of the penalties in Moscow, England outscored Colombia 4-3, with Eric Dier steering a crisp low shot beyond David Ospina and into the bottom corner. The win takes England to the quarter-finals of the Fifa World Cup in Russia and sends Colombia back home.
England took control of the game and held it for the initial 20 minutes but then Colombia fought their way back into the game. The closest a player came to scoring in the first-half was English captain Harry Kane who couldn't keep his header down. Tempers also fared in the game and in one such instance, Wilmar Barrios was handed over yellow card after the midfielder headbutted Henderson. For all the speed and chances the two teams got, the match remained scoreless in the first half.
England got a penalty in the 54th minute when Carlos Sanchez pulled down Kane inside the box following a corner. The English captain stood over the dead-ball and curled his penalty straight down the centre of the goal, with Ospina diving to his right. Colombia had a wonderful chance to level the game in the 81st minute when Bacca dispossessed Kyle Walker on the half-way line and started a counter-attack. Cuadrado received the ball but blasted his effort over from 18 yards. Colombia did get its goal nearly 12 minutes later, from a familiar source: Yerry Mina. The defender, who had already scored twice in as many matches scored with a towering header from a corner after jumping above Maguire and heading down into the ground. The bounce took the ball above Tripper and in off the crossbar. The game which never saw a lull became even livelier! And although both the teams had plenty of chances in the extra-time and with the scores still tied, the match went to penalties.
Colombia initially got the upper-hand in the penalty shootout when Henderson's spot-kick was saved, but Mateus Uribe hit the crossbar and Jordan Pickford kept out Bacca's effort to swing the shootout back in England's favour. Eric Dier then stepped up and scored the decisive penalty to win it for England.
England's win means they will play Sweden on Saturday in the quarters for the semi-final spot. Both the teams scraped through their games and have managed to somehow get the draw, although England should have an upper hand over Sweden due to the relatively superior quality of their players among other reasons.Here are the live updates:
Dier slams it home! Colombia 3-England 4
Carlos Bacca to take it. Pickford saves it. Colombia 3-England 3
Trippier slams it to the left-hand top corner. Colombia 3-England 3
Uribe thunders the crossbar and misses the goal! Colombia 3- England 2
Henderson. Ospina saves! Henderson puts it to the left side only for Ospina to palm it out.
Muriel. As cool as it gets! Muriel lets Pickford dive to his left before rolling his penalty into the right side.
Rashford slots it to the bottom left corner. Colombia 2-England 2
Cuadrado rifles it into the net. Colombia 2-1 England
Kane smashes it low into the bottom corner. Colombia 1-1 EnglandMin 120+1: It's penalties then!
Min 117: Cuadrado becomes the sixth Colombian to be booked in this game.
Min 115: Zamata (in) comes off the bench to replace Arias (out) (Colombia)
Substitution for England: Marcus Rashford in for Kyle Walker. The change is seemingly for the penalties.
Half-time's extra time!
England are overrun by the Colombians in every department as the English are yet to come out of the shock header by Yerry Mina.
Min 103: Falcao gets a close chance but his header goes wide
Min 102: Rose (in) comes off the bench to replace Young (out) (England)
Trivia: Mina is the first player to score three or more headed goals in a single World Cup since Klose in 2002 (five).
Extra-time kicks off!
Yerry Mina's last moment header takes the match into stoppage time. Crazy scenes at the Spartak Arena!
Min 90+3: GOAAALLLLLL!!!!!! What a header!!!! Yerry Mina is the saviour again. He heads in from a Colombia's corner! Mina heads in the equaliser for Los Cafeteros at the death to keep their World Cup dream alive. Trippier was on the goal line standing next to the post, but he was unable to clear Mina's header off the line.
Min 90: Colombia has 5 more minutes of added time in order to save themselves from being eliminated.
Min 88: Vardy (in) comes off the bench to replace Rahim Sterling (out) (England)
Min 84: England escape with a clear handball as Colombia try to build an attack outside their area.
Min 81: Colombia misses a glorious chance. Bacca scurries forward and plays in Cuadrado, who blazes over from 18 yards but makes a Terrible finish!
Min 80: Dier (in) comes off the bench to replace Dele Alli (out) (England)
Min 79: M. Uribe (in) comes off the bench to replace C. Sanchez (out) (Colombia)
Min 75: England with a good free kick from a great crossing position. Young fires it towards the back post but Kane cannot get to it. He was offside anyway so it wouldn't have counted. England continue to press forward for a second goal to kill the game.
Min 72: Great play from England! Alli brilliant pass cuts straight through the Colombia midfield and releases Lingard inside the box.
Min 67: The England players are not far behind Neymar in terms of play acting. The game has seen some strange yellow cards from the referee, thanks to England's play acting.
Min 57 (GOAL): Kane hits his penalty down the middle as Ospina dives to his right. Colombia 0-1 England (Kane pen 57)
Min 55: PENALTY!! Carlos Sanchez booked for rugby-tackling Kane inside the penalty box. Henderson booked for a nudge on Yerry Mina.The teams are out of the tunnel. And here we go again
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Half time report:
All even at the half-time in Moscow. England had a good hold on the game in the initial 20 minutes but then Colombia fought their way back into the game.
The closest a player came to scoring was Kane but he headed the ball over the crossbar. Tempers are rising in the game.
Barrios was handed over yellow card after a headbutt to the chest of Henderson.
Both teams are yet to score a goal and the game is all open for exploitation in the second half. Managers are required to talk to their respective teams for acceleration of the process to achieve the purpose.
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Min 45+1': Best chances of the game. While Quintero's shot was saved easily by Pickford, a chance came to England from the counter-attack but Lingard volleyed the ball into the crowd.
Min 45: The play is getting physical as both the teams continue to frustrate each other. 3 mins of extra-time added.
Min 41: Barrios (Colombia) is booked by the referee.
Min 40: Trippier finally takes the shot but the curling ball sails wide!
Min 38: Hary Kane is fouled on the edge of the box. Trippier is standing on the ball. Barrios head butts Lingard while standing at the wall and earns a yellow. Play is stopped due to the mess in the box.
Min 30: England's 3-3-2-2 formation is causing real headaches for Colombia. The English look dead fast but fail to go past the Latin-American wall.
Min 22: Colombia is slowly trying to get some foothold in the match. the game is fast and the attacks are dying off in the final-third
Min 15: CLOSE!!! Harry Kane misses a close opportunity as he heads the ball to the roof of the net. Trippier's cross from the right was great.
Min 10: The first 10 minutes have been played out in Colombia's half while the Latin-Americans trying to break out into counter attacks. The English side look bright and agile.
Min 7: James Rodriguez move out of the bench. Seems like he won't be a part of Colombia's substitutes today. His injury looks serious.
Min 4: Yerry Mina's hand touches the ball while tackling it out of Sterling's way. England get a free-kick on the edge of the box. Ashley Young's free-kick is punched off by Ospina.
Min 1: Colombia kicks off and try to pass around to ease themselves into the game but England snatch possession as soon as they move forward
Kick off! The final match of group 16 is underway... Line-ups out: Jefferson Lerma replaces James Rodriguez, who sits out on the bench due to a probable injury while rest of the starting XI remains same. Meanwhile, Southgate has stayed faithful to the team that started their Fifa World Cup 2018 campaign, fielding the same starting XI that started against Tunisia.
Colombia: Ospina; Arias, D Sanchez, Mina, Mojica; Barrios, C Sanchez, Quintero, Lerma, Cuadrado; Falcao
Subs: Zapata, Murillo, Rodriguez, Bacca, Vargas, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Izquierdo, Aguilar, JF Cuadrado
England: Pickford; Walker Stones Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane,
Subs: Butland, Pople, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Alexander-Arnold, Rashford, Welbeck, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy
Referee: M Geiger (USA)
England vs Colombia Line-up
England changed nine of their outfield players as they lost to Belgium in their last group game. Coach Gareth Southgate will know if that was the right policy as he looks to lead England to their first win in the knockout stage of a major tournament since World Cup 2006.
With or without their talented number 10 James Rodriguez, the South American possess plenty of talent and their run to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago showed they are capable of something England haven’t managed in 12 years — winning in the knockout stage.
Southgate has all his squad available except for Fabian Delph, who flew back to the UK on Friday for the birth of his third child, with Dele Ali expected to replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield after a calf strain saw him sidelined against Panama and Belgium.
John Stones should have no problems playing in defence after he was seen with an ice-bag on his calf after being substituted at halftime against Belgium with Southgate saying that had always been his intention.
Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker will partner Jones in a three-man defence, while Kieran Trippier has adjusted his role well as a wing-back, putting in a good shift in defending and joining the attack build-up.
Jordan Henderson has been operating well in shielding the defence. With the Liverpool defensive midfielder also having improved his passing game, England are creating a lot of chances.
Harry Kane will be England's main danger with the leader of the race for the 2018 Golden Boot looking to add to the five goals he scored in the first two matches.
In attack, he will have the support of Raheem Sterling while attacking midfielders like Ali and Jesse Lingard are good enough to trouble any opposition.
England have shown themselves to be a huge threat from set pieces with six of the eight goals they have scored in Russia scored from dead-ball situations.
Santiago Arias and Johan Mojica are guarantees at right-back and left-back, while Carlos Sanchez may be picked to play in a midfield of three, alongside Jefferson Lerma.
The 25-year-old Quintero, along with Juan Cuadrado, could find himself tasked with providing Colombia's creative play if James Rodriguez is unfit, with veteran Radamel Falcao leading their attack.
James has been struggling with a muscle problem all through the competition and had to be replaced after just 30 minutes in Colombia's last game against Senegal and his loss would be a major blow to the South Americans.
Hopes are high among the English and even more so with a possible quarter-final against Sweden or Switzerland, but to reach the quarter-finals they need first to get past Colombia ... and 12 years of disappointment.
When and where to watch: England vs Colombia
2nd match: England vs Columbia
When and Where to watch: England vs Columbia
Time: 11:30 PM (IST)
In today's second knockout match, England vs Columbia match will take place in Rostov on Tuesday, 3, 2018 at 11:30 PM (IST).
England vs Columbia match will be broadcast on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD in English Commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony 3 HD in Hindi Commentary.
England vs Columbia match will be available for live streaming on Sony Liv also. And Both Airtel and Jio would broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches for free to their respective subscribers.Watch out for: England vs Colombia
Juan Quintero: Juan Quintero will step up his game in the absence of James Rodrigez, and will be set for a key role as the playmaker of the side. River Plate midfielder assisted Falcao for Colombia's second goal against Poland. He will be charged with adding creativity in midfield while they go in search of win against England.
Colombia predicted line-up
David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica; Carlos Sanchez, Mateus Uribe; Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Luis Muriel; Falcao
England Predicted lineup
Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane