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Colombia star James still a chance for England clash

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Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning captain claimed Colombia suffered a "monumental robbery" in the last-16 tie on Tuesday after England were awarded a penalty for a foul on Harry Kane.

However, the two Colombian stars failed to convert their penalties from the spot-kick, as Uribe's effort hit the crossbar and Bacca's attempt saved by England keeper Jordan Pickford.

Eric Dier scored the decisive kick after a scrappy game went through 30 minutes of extra time, denying Colombia a second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Diego Maradona's nation Argentina have been sent out of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after losing to France in the round of 16 encounter. "They were a bit afraid. but we've been courageous, we've fought hard, we've never thrown in the towel", Pekerman said as players consoled each other in tears.

"I started to get the feeling that this team could be unsafe in the next few tournaments".

"To get knocked down at the end like we did at the end, it's hard to come back from that", Dier said.

"I'm already thinking about the next game".

Fans will now look to England's quarter final opponents Sweden and the next match, which will also be shown at the XL Arena, 3pm on Saturday, July 7.

Despite losing their final Group fixture to Belgium, the Three Lions have become aware that the result has pitted them in a favourable draw towards a potential World Cup triumph.

By now, we're used to football petitions being created by bitter Liverpool fans but some Colombian folks have outdone them by setting up one in relation to their penalty shoot-out defeat to England.

Later reflecting on Colombia's equaliser on his show, he said: "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself". "A man like that [Mark Geiger, the American referee] should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude". It is a game we always dreamed of playing.

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

So even their most recent realistic tilt at a World Cup final was fraught with nail-biting moments as they played nerve-shredding negative football against modest footballing nations, and yet few seem to have learned the lesson of 28 years back. "Colombia died standing. That's why I applaud them".

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