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Colombia ambassador 'sad' over Sun headline ahead of England World Cup clash

04 July 2018
Colombia ambassador 'sad' over Sun headline ahead of England World Cup clash

England football supporters were put through a spectrum of emotion as they roared their team to the narrowest of World Cup last-16 victories from more than 1,500 miles away.

Four years ago in Brazil, Colombia romped to the quarter-finals for the first time on the back of four straight wins, salsa-dancing to celebrate their dozen goals and launching midfielder James Rodriguez on the road to global stardom.

Chris Dowse, 39, who lives on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, said television crews would descend on the place, which has been covered with hundreds of St George's Cross flags as well as a few Colombian tricolours.

An extremely classy gesture from Henderson it must be said.

Jordan Henderson's miss in the penalty shootout looked to give Colombia the edge, but misses from Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca, followed by Eric Dier's victor put England into the quarter-finals.

Mina's leveller put the celebrations on hold, but Pickford, who saved two penalties at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup in 2011, had the last laugh in the shoot-out.

- Harry Kane has scored six goals in his first three World Cup appearances for England - only three players have scored more in their first three matches; Hungary's Sandor Kocsis (9), Germany's Gerd Muller (7) and Argentina's Guillermo Stabile (7). It was over. The curse had ended but one sensed that for the players that was already someone else's history.

A nervy extra-time then gave way to a fingernail biting penalty shoot out in which England went behind following Jordan Henderson's miss.

Kane had a long wait to take the kick, with Colombia attempting to distract the England captain, but the Tottenham striker kept his cool to beat Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina from 12 yards.

Instead, it turned out to be the save of the tournament, as Jordan Pickford - England's youngest tournament goalkeeper - flew across the goal, stretching out his left hand to tip the ball out for a corner.

England had taken the lead in the 55th minute when Harry Kane converted a penalty after he was pushed in the box by Carlos Sanchez.

A goalless 120 minutes meant another shoot-out for Sven-Goran Eriksson's team, and missed spot-kicks from Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher allowed Ronaldo to apply the killer blow to England's so-called "Golden Generation". Far too many interruptions. Today we were on the receiving end of this but I hope it won't happen again. "But we did", Dier said.

One mocking meme showed male officials at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) headquarters distracted by images of Colombian women in the crowd, instead of watching the game.

He flew in on Monday with friend and fellow Ipswich fan Laurie Smith, 22, after deciding to belatedly join the World Cup party.