Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report

FIFA World Cup 2018: 'England can beat anyone' – Dele Alli

The Three Lions will face Colombia on Tuesday after advancing from Group G as runners-up with wins over Tunisia and Panama before a defeat to Belgium in which Southgate opted to use his reserves.

Sam Wallace, The Daily Telegraph: "Can Gareth Southgate's team switch back on?"

Sterling continues alongside captain Harry Kane up front with Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy on the bench.

There had been precious little drama - though much petulance - throughout most of normal time as a Colombia side shorn of injured playmaker James Rodriguez set out to defend.

After four minutes of mayhem as Colombia protested, Kane kept his cool and smashed in his third spot kick of Russian Federation 2018.

England should have doubled their lead when Dele Alli headed over from Trippier's cross eight minutes later before Juan Cuadrado blazed over from an acute angle after Bacca dispossessed Kyle Walker.

Yerry Mina's header in the third minute of stoppage time for Colombia made it 1-1 at the end of regulation, and extra time was scoreless.

But first England must get past Colombia and that won't exactly be an easy task.

With neither side able to force a victor, the match went to penalties.

If Rodriguez can not play, Pekerman said forward Luis Muriel will step in as he did against Senegal. A big left hand from Pickford then kept out Bacca's fierce effort - leaving the unflappable Dier to stroke past the outstretched glove of Ospina to spark emotional scenes.

Colombia were dealt a major blow before kickoff with James Rodriguez, one of the stars of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, ruled out with a calf injury he suffered in their final group game against Senegal.

One of Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, England or Colombia will reach the showpiece final in Moscow on July 15.

With the way England's side of the bracket is shaping up, Colombia might be the only thing standing between the Three Lions and their first appearance in a World Cup final since 1966. "We played so well in the 90 minutes".

Kane's strike also sees the 24-year-old match Lionel Messi's total record of World Cup goals, on his debut at the tournament.

And it was there that England overcame a miserable history with spot-kicks to book their first trip to the last eight since the 2006 tournament in Germany.

Woodward drew on his experience of a tough first knockout stage match in the 2003 World Cup with Wales, after taking their pedal off the gas for their final two pool matches, to illustrate to Southgate the perils of tinkering with winning line-ups and taking the sharpness off the first team players.

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