The Swedes topped Group F at the expense of Germany and South Korea to set up this meeting with the Swiss who were runners-up in Group E.
England, meanwhile, set up their date with the enterprising Colombians by virtue of their defeat to Belgium in the final group game that meant that they qualified from second place in Group G.
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1 Posted 03/07/2018 at 08:53:28
'I wouldnt want to see him coming out of the doctors surgery after getting a flu injection.
SUMS IT ALL UP REGARDING NEYMAR - a similar version of Ronaldo!
2 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:21:47
Slight advantage England before a ball has been kicked.
3 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:27:54
4 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:30:34
But – being upbeat! – those two wins have come in our last 3 fixtures against them.
Colombia for me is still the trickiest tie.
5 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:36:00
6 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:39:27
7 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:47:07
8 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:48:33
Not counting my chickens but, cmon England 🏴!!!
9 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:51:52
10 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:53:13
Usually they outnumber the opposition but this time they are outnumbered 4 to 1.
11 Posted 03/07/2018 at 18:53:23
12 Posted 03/07/2018 at 19:54:43
Most of them are still in hospital after the last encounter with Russians.
Colombia are quietly confident here. England need to mix this up a bit with a few long balls to Kane.
13 Posted 03/07/2018 at 20:03:06
Good opening spell by England, well weathered by Colombia who are trying every trick in the book.
England needs to be smarter at corners and free kicks given Colombia's height when defending.
That requires quick passing and close control around their penalty area, playing around and through them on the ground.
Unfortunately, that isn't happening because it is breaking down around two players: Sterling and Dele Alli.
As the half wore on Colombia were able to increasingly keep England further from their penalty area without really threatening ours.
I was open-mouthed at the Brazilian commentator (Neymar anyone..?) saying Henderson's simulation and falling to the ground was disgraceful! He clearly gets head-butted under the chin and goes down naturally, not as if falling out of a light aircraft from 10,000 m without a parachute.
That kind of violence – intended or not – merits a straight red card. This ref needs to be tougher.
England has to be very, very careful – and canny – here. England go behind, it's gonna be tough to get back into this.
14 Posted 03/07/2018 at 20:47:28
15 Posted 03/07/2018 at 20:56:02
Colombia deserve that goal and England deserve to concede it for being crap at football.
16 Posted 03/07/2018 at 21:02:56
from last season!
17 Posted 03/07/2018 at 21:18:41
18 Posted 03/07/2018 at 21:21:51
19 Posted 03/07/2018 at 21:24:05
At least we can concentrate on the Premier League now.
20 Posted 03/07/2018 at 21:56:43
21 Posted 03/07/2018 at 22:06:36
England were too reminiscent of past poor, clueless, frightened performances... defaulted back when the pressure was on. A least we won the shoot-out.
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