They tried, the Colombians, didn’t they? But alas, despite all the wrestling tactics and penalty spot-scuffing, they proved no real test for our MIGHTY roaring three lions.
Dejected, fans over in the south American nation were caught on video slumping into their chairs the moment Eric Dier brought football that little bit closer to home.
But what about England fans watching it out-numbered by Colombian fans? Did that happen anywhere? Apparently so according to this hilarious video.
You’ve gotta have balls of steel to even consider watching an England vs. Colombia knockout game on your ones around the opposition, let alone actually WATCH it.
The video took place at a bar just 100m from the stadium in Moscow last night, which culminated in England’s first penalty-shootout victory since Euro ’96.
Gareth Southgate, overjoyed but level-headed about the win, said:
For the belief of this group of players, and groups of players to come, it was a really important moment. Not just winning the shootout but having to suffer at the end of the game in a stadium that was five to one Colombian fans and felt like an away fixture.
To come through all of that – we’ve spoken to the players about writing their own stories. Tonight they showed they don’t have to conform to what’s gone before. They have created their own history, and I don’t want to go home yet.
Missing my penalty [at Euro 96] will never be ‘off my back’, sadly. That’s something that will live with me for ever. But today is a special moment for this team. It’ll hopefully give belief to the generations of players that will follow.
We always have to believe in what is possible in life and not be hindered by history or expectations. These young players are showing that.
I’m already thinking about Sweden, a team I respect hugely. We’ve always underestimated them, and we don’t have a good record against them, but they have a clear way of playing and it’s bloody difficult to play against. But what a game to look forward to.
We’d spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch. There were mixed emotions, highs and lows, even in the penalty shootout. We were behind and wanting Jordan to save one, and he did. It showed our mentality. England haven’t done great in the past in that, but that’ll give us huge belief as a team moving forward now.
We’ve ticked a lot of boxes here so far. Can we qualify through the group? Yes, we did that quite comfortably. Then can we win a knockout game? Can we win a shootout? This will give us more belief than ever, and the fans more belief than ever back home. We’re enjoying it, they’re enjoying it. We’re just looking forward to the next one.
Beautiful. Mesmerising. England. Truly a night for the ages.
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