England pip Colombia on penalties to enter quarters

Gareth Southgate

Manchester City forward Sterling helped England end their 12-year wait to win a knockout game in a major tournament and their penalties hoodoo by beating Colombia on Tuesday.

Maradona, whose celebration of Argentina's dramatic win over Nigeria that sealed a place in the knockout stages will provide one of the lasting memories of Russian Federation 2018, was particularly scathing of Geiger's decision to award a spot-kick to England when Kane was dragged to ground by Carlos Sanchez.

"The referees are chosen by [Pierluigi] Collina, who was appointed by Infantino to change the new Federation Internationale de Football Association from thieves and fixers, and today we saw the opposite - an old and fixed Federation Internationale de Football Association".

Colombia ultimately lost 4-3 on penalties in a match which saw them whistled for 23 of the game's 36 fouls and given six of the eight yellow cards, with Maradona echoing Colombia captain Radamel Falcao in accusing Geiger of favouring Gareth Southgate's side.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition demanding that England's turbulent World Cup last 16 clash with Colombia is replayed.

"The referee will know a lot about baseball, but he has no idea about football".

Prince William has expressed his pride in the England team after they knocked Colombia out of the World Cup.

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"Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them".

Kane's penalty was his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation and made him the first England player to score in six consecutive appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939.

David Ospina dived superbly to his left to repel Jordan Henderson's third penalty for England, but Manuel Uribe hit the crossbar before Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca. But I have not seen a game like that before and how they behaved. "In fact, it was Kane's fault", Maradona went on. The referee is looking somewhere else and when he turns his head, Kane is on the floor.

The threats were received on the day of the 24th anniversary of Andres Escobar's death, who was shot after his own goal was blamed for knocking out Colombia in the 1994 World Cup.

"I repeat, why didn't the referee ask for the VAR?"

Expectation levels were generally considered to be low among England fans coming into the tournament but they are rising now, particularly since the team is in the half of the draw with the supposedly weaker teams.

Former England striker Gary Lineker laughed off Maradona's comments on Twitter, referencing the Argentinian's infamous "Hand of God" goal against England in the 1986 quarter-finals.

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