Three Lions break penalty jinx; send Colombia packing home

By Lorlornyofm July 4, 2018 05:24

Three Lions break penalty jinx; send Colombia packing home

England sent Colombia to the dagger and left the Coffee growers weeping and packing out of Russia after 120 minutes of hot-blooded emotions, drama and controversy.

Eric Dier kept the faint English hopes of a World Cup glory still intact with a final kick of glory in a 4-3 penalty victory, exorcising the penalty ghost that had long haunted the Three Lions. But it was a nervy end to a boring game.

A late Yerry Mina header forced the game into extra time after Kane whipped England into the lead from the spot.

The goal was the only brightest spot in a boring game that advertised more emotions than skill and when it mattered most, England showed more mettle, more resilience, and more composure.

Bacca missed from the spot but Dier made it count for the English side and gave them the second victory after eight penalty attempts on international duty.

It was not an impressive outing from either side but it was Kane who increased his personal goal tally in the tournament to six when he converted a second-half penalty kick after 55 minutes.

He was tumbled over in the vital area by Carlos Sanchez with referee Mark Geiger pointing to the spot and leaving the Colombian men angry, cursing.

It was a game that had little or no flash of brilliance to report. The US referee proved busier on the night than some of the players were on the ball and he flashed his yellow cards to players-turned-comedians who apparently found acting more enterprising than playing football.

Both the Three Lions and Coffee Growers went down too easily, cursed at the referee too often and showed no sign of creativity.

Too few chances were created and missed with such naivety until the final twist in the tale.

England appeared to be crawling to a quarter-final berth but disaster struck in the 93rd minute.

A vicious volley from 30 yards forced a superb fingertip save from Jordan Pickford but the resulting corner kick broke English hearts.

Yerry Mina soared above his marker connected the corner with his head but needed a Kierran Trippier poor clearance on the goal line to push the game into extra time.

The ball had taken an awkward bounce in front of Trippier and was heading into the net. The vertically challenged player could only head the ball into his own net for a Colombian equalizer.

In extra-time, there were many tired legs on both sides after the players, the Colombians especially had invested more energy in shoving, diving, head-butting and cursing at the referee for trying to keep the Three Lions sober and the Coffee growers decent on the pitch.

Substitute Rose nearly scored in extra time but his shot whisked wide. Cuadrado had the most glorious opportunity early on but with Pickford to beat from an acute angle, he skied the ball into the crowd.

The game had to be decided through the hard way. Herderson missed from the spot and gave the Colombians hope but when Bacca missed too, there was no turning back for the English side.

Dier could not afford another penalty heartbreak for the English side and even though he looked nervous behind he converted with such confidence to give the Three Lions their first Quarter Final since 1990.

Source: Ghana||Nathan Gadugah

By Lorlornyofm July 4, 2018 05:24
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