1. England win a penalty shootout!
England ended their World Cup penalties distress with a 4-Three win shootout in opposition to Colombia in Moscow, successful that noticed them declare victory from spot kicks for the primary time since 1996.
Jordan Pickford’s save from Colombia’s Carlos Bacca, following Mateus Uribe’s miss, enabled Eric Dier to attain the decisive kick for England, which sends them by way of to a quarterfinal conflict with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.
England, which led 1-Zero till Yerry Mina’s 93rd-minute header canceled out Harry Kane’s penalty opener, went into the shootout having received simply one among their earlier seven.
That got here 22 years in the past, in opposition to Spain at Euro 96, nevertheless it has been in any other case been a story of woe, with present supervisor Gareth Southgate famously lacking the essential kick in a defeat in opposition to Germany later in the identical event.
And when Jordan Henderson missed with England’s third kick, it appeared like historical past would repeat. However England bounced again to win and stay in Russia.
If they’ll win a penalty shootout, absolutely something is now attainable?
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2. Geiger loses management
Referee Mark Geiger had an evening to overlook in Moscow, with the American official struggling to regain management of this feisty sport after failing to ship off Colombia defender Wilmar Barrios for a first-half head-butt.
Geiger appeared to have his again to the incident when Barrios caught Henderson, leaving the England midfielder with a blooded lip.
However regardless of showing to not see the conflict, Geiger issued a yellow card, prompting derision from some former referees — Englishmen Keith Hackett and Mark Clattenburg amongst them — on social media, questioning when a deliberate head-butt turned a yellow card offence.
From that time on, each units of gamers turned embroiled in a bad-tempered affair and Geiger brandished eight yellow playing cards in whole, equaling the event document. There have been makes an attempt to get opponents booked, whereas gamers started to roll round theatrically as Geiger failed to say his authority.
And when he awarded England a second-half penalty, Geiger took too lengthy to take care of the Colombia gamers haranguing him and protesting the choice.
He ultimately regained management as the sport moved into extra-time however, in a World Cup that has seen some excellent officiating, Geiger’s efficiency — and that of his assistants and the VAR staff — left a lot to be desired.
3. Colombia play with concern, lose their heads
Till they equalised within the 93rd minute, Colombia’s fundamental tactic for this sport appeared to focus upon turning it right into a damaging, cynical battle for a spot within the quarterfinals.
Maybe the loss by way of damage of James Rodriguez, who watched from the stands, compelled coach Jose Pekerman into adopting the unsavoury ways; however by taking place that route, Colombia merely confirmed England that they feared them. Had Colombia performed the expansive passing sport that proved an excessive amount of for Poland in the course of the group phases, they’d absolutely have made life harder for England, who’ve all the time discovered it powerful in opposition to opponents who can dominate possession.However as an alternative they sacrificed their greatest hope of profitable this sport by turning it right into a kicking match as a result of, if England are able to something, it’s standing as much as a bodily problem.
In some ways, it was unhappy to see a staff of such expertise as this Colombia aspect resorting to such ways. However from the second they tugged and grappled England gamers on the first nook, it was clear that Colombia solely had one method.
Barrios ought to have seen purple and Santiago Arias deserved multiple yellow card and the scenes of gamers surrounding referee Geiger after his penalty award for England had been shameful. Colombia are often a staff that performs with a smile on its face, however too usually on this sport it was a nasty scowl.