Preview - Colombia vs England 04 July 18

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World Cup Last 16
Colombia vs England
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
03:00am, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena

Last five matches form: D D L W W
Average goals per match last ten: 1.50
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.90
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (30)

Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match last ten: 1.50
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.50
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (18)

The Round of 16 comes to a close with this intriguing battle between South America and Europe as Colombia take on England.

Colombia are yet to beat England in their three encounters to date, with one draw and two wins for the Three Lions.

Colombia qualified well from their Group in the end, recovering from an opening day disaster against Japan to see off both Poland an Senegal.

England beat Tunisia and Panama as expected before their reserves lost to Belgium's reserves in the final Group game. That may be a blessing in disguise as they do now look to be in the easier half of the draw, but they will need to get past this tough looking Colombia side first.

Colombia do have one key injury concern. Talisman and best player, James Rodriuez went off injured against Senegal and must be rated a big doubt for this game,

England will likely be at full strength here and will have the benefit of their starting eleven being well rested with the vast majority having sat out the Belgium game.

This looks another tight one. We would be slightly concerned about the form of England keeper Jordan Pickford, but overall the added rest, coupled with the possible absence of Rodriguez may just swing things in favour of Gareth Southgate's men.

Prediction: Colombia 1 - 2 England


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
After Extra Time: 1 - 1
Penalty Shootout: 3 - 4
Shots: 12 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession: 48% - 52%

Wilmar Barrios, Santiago Arias, Carlos Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and Juan Cuadrado were all booked for Colombia in what was a niggly encounter at times. England's Jordan Henderson and Jesse Lingard also had their names taken by referee Mark Geiger.

England were the better side in the opening period, without either team really managing to muster much in the way of goal scoring chances. Harry Kane going closest when nodding just over.

The big talking point in the first half came in the 41st minute when Wilmar Barrios somehow escaped with only a yellow card for headbutting Jordan Henderson. Goalless at the interval.

Then in the 57th minute Colombia demonstrated that they had not learnt the lessons from previous decisions at this tournament. Carlos Sanchez guilty of wrestling with Harry Kane as a corner came in from the right. Penalty kick with Kane stepping up to fire straight down the middle for his sixth goal of the tournament.

England appeared well in control as the clock ticked down, only for late, late drama in the 93rd minute. Yerry Mina rising highest to meet a Juan Cuadrado cross from the right and heading into the ground and over Kieran Trippier on the post. Extra time required.

Buoyed by that injury time tournament saving goal, Colombia took the game to England in the first half of extra time, Falcao going closest with a header. It was England who were the better side in the second period though, Danny Rose probably having the best chance when shooting narrowly wide from wide on the left hand side of the box. No way through for either side as penalties loomed.

Having fallen on penalty shootout's so many times over the years, it looked to be a case of same old story for England when David Ospina saved well from Jordan Henderson. Respite was immediate though as Mateus Uribe fired the very next spot kick against the bar. Kieran Trippier converted the next in style before Jordan Pickford produced the defining moment when doing brilliantly well to get a palm to Carlos Bacca's strike.

Eric Dier was the man tasked with winning it for England and he duly delivered, firing low into the bottom left corner.

England win a penalty shootout out at long last and move on to face Sweden for a place in the semi-finals.

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