England beats Colombia on penalty kicks

After tying 1-1 after regular time, England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalty kicks. Farewell Colombia and good-o on England, though I hate seeing matches decided by penalty kicks.

Here’s the schedule for the quarter finals. Not many people who entered our World Cup contest are still eligible to win:


  1. TJR
    Posted July 4, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Fellaini rescues Hazard and De Bruyne.

    England win on penalties.

    Now we know what it was like for Alice.

    • Posted July 4, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Quite. See the BBC’s reality check asking “Are England terrible at penalty shootouts?” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40432001


      Yes, England are terrible at penalty shootouts, and the senior men’s team has the worst record in the world.

      smh, lost 7 won 1 (now 2!).

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted July 4, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    OK, potential England v. France? Now you have my attention.

    • Posted July 4, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      If we beat Sweden, we’ll be up against Russia in the semis (if they win against Croatia). That will be an interesting match because this tournament was bought by Russia before the conference to decide who was going to host it. England had a bid in and we basically wasted millions of pounds on it because of the FIFA corruption.

      • Paul Matthews
        Posted July 4, 2018 at 11:03 am | Permalink

        Croatia is favoured to beat Russia, is it not? Of course every team other than Saudi Arabia was favoured to beat Russia, and yet the hosts’ team is still there. I think the Russians do have a better team than they were given credit for, but I also sometimes wonder whether the fix is in.

        • W.Benson
          Posted July 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

          And US astronauts never landed on the moon?

          • Paul Matthews
            Posted July 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink


        • Diane G
          Posted July 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

          I was thinking the same thing. But FIFA would never allow anything unscrupulous, would it?


          • Paul Matthews
            Posted July 4, 2018 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

            Seriously, I really hope that all the World Cup results are on the up and up, and that Russia’s surprisingly good performance is due to a kind of home-field advantage, which has certainly had a real and positive effect for hosts in many past World Cups. On the other hand, Vladimir Putin is not a man who likes to be embarrassed, he has a long reach, FIFA has a history of corruption and match fixing has occurred at other top levels of the sport, so I find it hard to be 100% confident. Given that Russia tampered in the US election to help elect a very right-wing candidate, it seems that almost anything is possible.

            • Diane G
              Posted July 4, 2018 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

              Well summed up. I find it hard to give Putin any benefit of the doubt.

            • Posted July 5, 2018 at 5:08 am | Permalink

              Just going to throw this out there. Russia was apparently the fittest team after the first two group games (based on Km run). This is per the Daily Mail, so take with a pinch of salt.

              Interesting result for a nation with a history of extensive and state sponsored PED cheating.

        • Posted July 5, 2018 at 5:23 am | Permalink

          Don’t underestimate the power of home advantage.

  3. Posted July 4, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I have a friend who will be in Chicago on Saturday and wants to find somewhere to watch the Sweden-England game. Is there likely to be anywhere there showing it?

    • George
      Posted July 4, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      Yes – many places. Where will he be staying? Here is a story listing some of the bars:

      Does he want to be with England or Sweden supporters?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted July 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      The only place worth the effort to watch broadcast football is a bar with other enthusiasts

      But, the game kicks off at 9am Chicago time & it’ll be over by 11am. Maybe this very highly recommended neighbourhood bar with strong Swedish roots has the football bug – your friend should phone them to see if they’ve found a way around the licensing laws [a private party or some such]: Simon’s Tavern, 5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

      Or half of these are pubs/bars/taverns: 15 BEST PLACES FOR SOCCER IN CHICAGO phone around to see if they’ll be indulging at 9am

  4. Posted July 4, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    After tying 1-1 after regular time

    I think that should be “after extra time”. We were tied 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes (+ injury time) and still tied 1-1 after the 30 minutes of extra time.

  5. Desnes Diev
    Posted July 4, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of 1998: France won the FWC, followed by Brazil, and Croatia came third. The Netherlands were the other semi-finalists.

    Perhaps this year, it will be the same coutries for the 3 first places? I would like France, Croatia, and Brazil. (If a France-Brazil match occur, it will be in semi-finals.) I add Sweden as the fourth ace.

  6. ChrisH
    Posted July 4, 2018 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    It was a pretty dirty game from Colombia, tbh, and the ref lost control pretty early on.

    Funnily this is the first England team that I’ve been impressed with in about 20 years. Young and they seem to be able to handle the pressure. Kane is a monster player and has been all season. Gareth Southgate, who’s known as one of the nicest men in the game, has done a fantastic job.

    Not sure how far we’ll get as Sweden have always caused us problems, but then again so did penalty shootouts. I’m cautiously optimistic!

    As a note I can still remember the last time England won a shootout: 1996 and I was in a hectic sports bar in central London! Same tournament and next game Gareth Southgate missed a penalty during a shootout that we lost. It’s funny how things come around. It seems that the team have been heavily practicing taking penalties and it shows.

    • Angel
      Posted July 5, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Yes the Colombians played dirty, but so did the English players if you aren’t blind by favoritism. The ref, an American, was patently favoring england the whole game in all 50/50 balls. If you take a look the action BEFORE the penalty, was Kane the initial grabber (when the ref turn he saw Kane fouled) opting for the VAR woul have shown that, but misteriously it wasn’t used, Anyhow, the best team won. But, I think (wish) it looses to Sweden.

  7. TJR
    Posted July 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately Colombia reverted to Kick And Dive, which has been the default style of play among South American teams for as long as I can remember.

    Of course not all South American teams play like that (e.g. Brazil 82, 86 or Chile 2014) while European teams sometimes do (Holland 2010, Portugal since 2004, Leeds under Don Revie).

    Let’s hope the next stage of VAR is a concerted attempt to stamp out diving, starting with retrospective yellow and red cards.

    • Desnes Diev
      Posted July 4, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      If referees start to punish fakers, it’s “goodbye Neymar!”.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted July 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

        No. All the dickheads pulling these selfish stunts [diving, shirt pulling & the many, many off-the-ball bits of verbal & physical ‘gamesmanship’] will adjust – they’re ruining the clarity & flow of football. Plus all the wasted time involved in theatrics. At the moment it pays to make these kinds of plays.

        As mentioned by TJR there’s VAR now – we should harness that to punish the shenanigans going on outside the line of view of the ref.

        But, I’d prefer an instant harsher punishment not provided by yellow cards – 10 minutes in a sin bin would soon cure Neymar of putting his side at risk via reducing the team to 10 men.

        I might start watching full games once more if the games become watchable.

        • nicky
          Posted July 5, 2018 at 12:56 am | Permalink

          Yes I agree that rugby has that better: 10 minutes sin bin if yellow-carded. Immediate – even minor- punishment is always more effective than deferred punishment, even if the deferred punihment is greater

  8. nicky
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    This 2018 tournament always has something in stoppage time, remarkable….

  9. Posted July 5, 2018 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Colombia were terrible – they could have chosen to play football & beaten England but their behaviour was poor to say the least – spoiling. My colleague whose husband is Columbian said he was ashamed of the team & the negative way this would reflect on his nation… down to the coach no doubt.

  10. Mike
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Personally I can’t see us getting past Sweden who have been our nemesis in the past, but if we do, and it’s a big if,I think we might well make the Final.As for our Host’s who before this Competition were ranked 28th or thereabouts in the World Rankings, they are performing wonderfully, one question, whose doing the drug testing.?

  11. MatthewO
    Posted July 6, 2018 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Putting it out there…. I’m English and this is no different to every year… starts off strong and eventually everyone speaks of how we have it this time…. then the loss. Good crack whilst it lasts

  12. Posted July 7, 2018 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Belgium is pleasantly surprising me.

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