Colombia Take Shithousery To New Heights In England Match
Jul 04 2018 by Johnnie Parsons
Some 50 years after its last brush with World Cup glory, after all those soul-crushing defeats, this time around everything would be different. The players actively talked down their chances in a bid to project an air of humility. David Ospina will play a grander role in calming the defensive line and ensuring they keep their shape and cool on the pitch.
"We're not the favourites, we're playing against the country that invented football", said 32-year-old Espanyol midfielder Sanchez. Colombia had the same record as England, but they were the only team to win two games in the group, in games against Poland and Senegal.
England beat Colombia in a dramatic penalty shootout here in the city on Tuesday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
"It's a youthful squad but we've still got experienced players in there and the team spirit is fantastic at the moment - everyone has come together and is really bonding". "James is a great player but I am sure that if he doesn't play there will be other players who can make a difference", he said.
Rodriguez's last goal for Colombia came in an October, 2017, qualifier against Peru.
England will now play Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday. During pivotal matches like Colombia's Round of 16 clash with England on Tuesday, it's not an exaggeration to say entire nations grind to a halt as they awaited the outcome. "I don't want to go home yet".