England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra

Colombia will face England in the World Cup round of 16 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.

Led by Golden Boot race leader Harry Kane, England finished second in Group G behind Belgium, with wins over Tunisia and Panama.

Though usually the best-case scenario is finishing first, the unpredictable nature of the first two rounds of the group stage has meant that numerous tournament's favourites have actually finished second in their group (or have been knocked out altogether). So, we will see what effect making so many changes has on England, but I actually think they will be fine against Colombia.

England boss Southgate should have a full-strength squad to choose from after resting eight players for the final group game against Belgium.

Third-ranked Belgium avoided joining them on the tournament scrapheap late on Monday, mounting one of the great World Cup comebacks to beat Japan 3-2 in the dying seconds of injury time.

- The English don't enjoy an overwhelming record in knockout stages at World Cup.

James Rodriguez "does not have a serious injury", and that is good news for Colombia.

If England get past Jose Pekerman's tough South American side in Moscow, they would play the winners of Tuesday's other last-16 tie between Sweden and Switzerland before a potential semi-final against Russian Federation or Croatia.

Harry Kane scored just after the break to hand the Three Lions a deserved lead but Yerry Mina's stoppage-time header sent the game to extra-time and, eventually, penalties after neither team could find a victor in open play. When England's Raheem Sterling made his way off the field, Colombia assistant coach Eduardo Urtasun threw a shoulder at him just outside the tunnel. Substitutes will be the key to winning this game and there is more quality coming from England's side of the dugout. Thus, he is likely to miss the match against England which will turn out to be a huge blow for Colombia. Lest we forget it is but two years since everybody seemed to have England paired up with France in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals already without even considering what a mess they could make of Iceland at this exact same stage.

Both Colombia and England are a threat from dead-ball situations.

Southgate's men were rewarded for their persistence minutes after the break when, from a corner, Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane in the box.

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