England squad

After a stunningly tense match against Colombia, England will now progress through to the quarter finals to face Sweden on Saturday, July 7.

 While the first half saw no goals scored, there were plenty of close calls and questionable moves, including Sterling giving a Colombian player a piggy back ride, and Barrios head-butting Henderson while waiting for a free-kick to be played. 

 The second half, however, saw the on-pitch scrapping come to a head as England were awarded a penalty after Carlos Sanchez brought down Kane during a corner. 

After even more argy-bargy on the pitch, Kane eventually took the penalty, and nestled it firmly in the back of the net.

 England Knock Colombia Out Of World Cup 2018 On Penalties PA 37359120 The drama didn’t end there, however, as Colombia managed to equalise during stoppage time of the second half, meaning the game had to go to extra time. 

 While it might seem like an age ago, the England team’s journey through the tournament began just two weeks and four games ago, when they faced Tunisia in the first game of Group G. 

And while it wasn’t without it’s hair-
raising moments, England pulled through with a 2-1 victory thanks to two goals from captain Harry Kane. 

After the almost perfect start to their campaign, England faced Panama full of confidence, which was clearly on display during their 6-1 thrashing. 

With goals from John Stones, Jesse Lingard and a hat-trick from Kane, the England team were absolutely flying. 

Next up in the group stages was Belgium, where things didn’t quite go as well as previous matches. 

However, thanks to their wins so far, both teams knew they were going through to the knockout stages before setting foot on the pitch. 

Though Belgium came away with a 1-0 victory, England were not too disappointed as both teams progressed.

 2018 has thrown up some shock results this far, with potentially plenty still to come.

 So we might as well take this opportunity to reminisce about the time South Korea beat the 2014 World Champions Germany, knocking them out of the competition in the first round.

 The last time Germany failed to progress from the first round of the World Cup was 80 years ago at the 1938 tournament in France. 

A fact that makes this early exit even more of a failure than it already is. 

South Korea scored twice in injury time to send Germany home in the first round. 

The first a result of a tense VAR decision, the second after a defensive clanger in the 95th minute.

 Other shock departures in the tournament so far have seen two of the world’s great players – Messi and Ronaldo – both knocked out on the same day.

 After an incredible match in which seven goals were scored in total, Argentina were knocked out by France after they came back from 2-1 down to win 4-3.

 While on the same day, Uruguay clinched a victory over Portugal by holding on to their 2-1 lead for the last half hour of their match.

 The next saw yet another surprise result, as Russia – placed 70th in FIFA world rankings – beat 10th place Spain after winning 4-3 in a tense penalty shoot-out.

 The quarter finals will take place this coming Friday and Saturday. 

Uruguay face France, and Brazil play Belgium on Friday, July 6, while Russia face Croatia, and Sweden play … on Saturday, July 7.

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