Colombia's Falcao accuses American referee of favouring England

Jordan Pickford

England finally overcame penalty-shootout curse after almost 30 years when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalised in the 93rd minute.

Colombia won a corner and Mina arrived in the box to slam home despite the best efforts of Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier.

Colombia had the same record as England, but they were the only team to win two games in the group, in games against Poland and Senegal.

Former Argentina World Cup victor Diego Maradona had also chimed in on the game labelling England's victory as a "monumental theft". Some 81% of television viewers tuned in to see the final moments of the penalty shootout, which saw Eric Dier score the winning penalty against the Colombians.

"I have never seen a game like that before and how they behaved", Stones said. That's why I didn't go there.

Southgate has challenged his players to write their own history after England's poor recent results at finals.

The England squad will now face Sweden on Saturday, July 7.

"I want to send an important message to those people who think things can be resolved with violence, and with weapons, that they can take someone's life just because they make a mistake, in this case the life of a football player". "We are not a rich country but everyone has found a way to be here because we are very emotional, very patriotic" she said.

He may have now renewed that rivalry by claiming the referee for Tuesday's showdown should not have been "in charge of a game of that magnitude" as he "has no idea about football".

Colombia's aggression angered England players throughout the match, particularly when Wilmar Barrios escaped a red card for what appeared to be a deliberate head-butt on Jordan Henderson in the buildup to a free kick. "We shouldn't only look at Colombian players".

James has been involved in 10 of Colombia's past 14 World Cup goals.

If they are to reach the quarter-finals - where they would be facing either Sweden or Switzerland, who are also playing today - manager Gareth Southgate's team will need to avoid any mistakes in their game against the Colombians.

"But we have played tough matches that have made us stronger, more confident and with more belief in ourselves".

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