England survive shoot-out

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 17:20:20




England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made breathtaking save from Carlos Bacca’s spot kick as the Three Lions beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to march into the quarter-final of the World Cup on Tuesday night.England will now meet Sweden on July 7.Colombian keeper David Ospina blocked Jordan Henderson’s shot but Mateus Uribe hit the post before Pickford saved the decider.Both the teams failed to break the 1-1 deadlock in the 30 minutes of extra time taking the match into tie breaker where the Englishmen kept their cool to shot out Colombia.

Earlier, England captain Harry Kane once again converted from the spot in the 57th minute but when it looked that his goal would be enough, Colombian Yerry Mina levelled in the stoppage time to draw parity and take their round of 16 match into extra time.Mina timed his jump superbly off a corner to send net bulging as the Colombian camp erupted in joy. Mina became the first player to score three or more headed goals in a single World Cup since Klose in 2002 (five).England won a spot kick after their Kane was brought down by Colombian Carlos Sanchez inside the box following a corner.

Kane made no mistake in sending the ball straight into net as goalkeeper David Ospina dived to his right. The goal took Kane’s tally to six in the tournament taking him closer to golden boot award. Kane also became the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939.With a goal up, England started to play with more freedom and kept hold of the ball.Colombia tried to put pressure on England defence but the men in red thwarted their moves.They got chance to level in the 81st when Kyle Walker dawdled on the ball but was robbed by Carlos Bacca. Colombia found themselves in a three against two situation, but Juan Cuadrado rifled his effort high over the crossbar.

Five minutes before final whistle, Colombia came agonisingly close to draw parity but Juan Quintero’s cross from the right missed the head of Carlos Sanchez and Radamel Falcao.Still the ball fell in front of Johan Mojica on the other side who did find Falcao, but the Monaco striker headed over the bar. The first 30 minutes saw both the teams sharing almost equal percentage of ball possession.
It was all square at the break of a half of football that threatened to boil over at times. England had the best of the opening 20 minutes but Colombia grew into the game gradually.

The closest thing to a clear cut chance fell to Harry Kane but he could only direct a difficult header over the crossbar. Wilmar Barrios managed to escape with only a yellow card after a headbutt to the chest of Jordan Henderson.It was the Englishmen who had more shy at goals than Colombians.The England defence was on its toes whenever Colombia tried to breach the wall.England put early pressure on Colombia in the 5th minute when Raheem Sterling was released down the left wing. He tried to turn inside Yerry Mina on the edge of the box but the Colombia defender blocked, handballing in the process as England won a free kick from a decent crossing position.
Ashley Young tried to curl into the corner from the tight angle but it was punched away by Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.

Minutes before break, England won a free kick on the edge of the box and Trippier curled the ball over the human wall but it went just wide of the left post.