Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report

Posted July 04, 2018

Dele Alli is fully fit and could return in midfield after missing the past two games, but Colombia star James Rodriguez remains a doubt.

The team has previously said a swelling was found in Rodriguez's calf muscle. The winner of Colombia-England gets the Sweden-Switzerland victor in the quarter-finals, and then a semi-final looms against Croatia or Russian Federation.

- This will be Colombia's only third appearance in the knockout stages of World Cup.

The result means Belgium, who won all three of their group games to finish on nine points, will face Japan in the last 16 while England, who came second with six, take on Colombia. Gareth Southgates side have shown glimmers of quality in the opening games against Tunisia & a weak Panama side, to convince many fans that "It's coming home" for the first time since 1966.

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"This was a game we wanted to win but the knockout is the biggest game for a decade for us and we had to make sure our key players were preserved", Southgate said, via The Guardian, after England's 1-0 loss. Colombia has scored five goals in the tournament, with Yerry Mina getting two, and Falcao, Quintero and Cuadrado each with a single goal.

According ex-Aston Villa midfielder, Carlos Sanchez, the Colombians have the utmost respect for their opponents but are confident that they can cause them problems.

"They have a lot of history and top players, but I am sure that we have the weapons", added the Espanyol player. The AS Monaco striker, who tallied a goal in his squad's 3-0 shutout of Poland, must be ready to shoot in high-percentage scoring chances within the box.

To find out how to watch a live stream of the Colombia vs. England 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finale, see the streaming instructions at the bottom of this article.

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England is favored to win against Colombia, according to a rundown of betting odds by British GQ, but in this surprise-packed tournament where four-time winners Germany, two-time champs Argentina, and 2010 Cup champion Spain have all been shown the door, no favorite is safe.

That would prove the last qualifty chance before the game went to penalties, in which England had not won since 1996.

First of all, why is Carlos Sanchez trying to grapple with Harry Kane in the penalty area like it's the last slow dance at the school disco and he has never kissed someone before?

Will England beat Colombia, we ask Ian Wright whether England or Colombia will progress to the quarter finals.

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