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England beat Colombia on penalties to reach last eight

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England beats Colombia on penalty shoot out

England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans equalised in the 93rd minute.

England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Eric Dier to win the game for England

It was the first time Colombia had been involved in a World Cup shootout and they took first blood when Jordan Henderson missed his spot kick – but for once fortune smiled on England.

Earlier Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal of the tournament, and England looked to be through until Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time.

It was England’s first win in a knockout game since 2006 and earns them a quarter-final with Sweden, who were far from impressive in beating Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russia or Croatia with Tuesday’s win appearing to vindicate – just – coach Gareth Southgate’s decision to field a second-string side in the the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route.

Colombia’s hopes suffered a huge setback before kickoff when key playmaker James Rodriguez was ruled out with a calf injury and without him they took a defensive approach and never rarely threatened.

England were always the more purposeful side but they lacked the key final ball and needed a gift to take the lead.

The South Americans had been getting away with blatant holding and wrestling at each of England’s many corners and the referee’s patience finally snapped when Carlos Sanchez hauled down tournament leading scorer Kane once too often.

After four minutes of mayhem as the Colombians protested, Kane kept his cool and smashed in his third spot kick of Russia 2018.

When Juan Cuadrado blazed horribly over the bar with the goal gaping 10 minutes from time with Colombia’s first chance of the match it looked all over for them but there was a fiery sting in the tail of normal time.

England keeper Jordan Pickford made a superb save to touch wide a furious long shot by Uribe but from the following corner – Colombia’s first of the match – giant defender Mina rose highest to head in the equaliser and send the massed Colombian fans into a frenzy.

England substitute Dier missed the best chance of the extra period when he headed over the bar but he made up for it in emphatic fashion with the winning penalty in the shootout.

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Jose Mourinho speaks on 3-0 win over Young Boys, Pogba’s performance in Champions League group match

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Jose Mourinho speaks on 3-0 win over Young Boys, Pogba’s performance in Champions League group match

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he fully understood why it took his team half an hour, to get going against Young Boys on Wednesday night.

United took the lead in their Champions League opener in emphatic style through Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman doubled the lead from the penalty spot before half, before Anthony Martial wrapped up the win in the 66th minute.

“I can understand the reasons we didn’t start the game very well. I can understand why it took us 20-25 minutes to be in control.

“I can understand why Young Boys pushed us back at the beginning, like they did against Dinamo Zagreb too.

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“I think they know, and I can say it now the game is over, how difficult it is for opponents to play on this pitch (plastic). They created us with problems, but the goal changed everything and after that we were totally in control.

“It is really important for us to start with a victory,” Mourinho told reporters after the match.

Speaking on Pogba’s performance, Mourinho said: “He felt tired in the last part of the game but it was a good performance. Solid, class and gave the team the pace we needed at times. He controlled the tempo and of course it was a very good goal.

“The penalty showed personality too as sometimes when you miss one you have doubts but none for him.”

Mourinho also heaped praise on both full-backs – Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw.

“Both full-backs were very, very good. Very offensive and always eyes open. Very calm. Luke has been doing it since the start of the season and Diogo is one of the best young right-backs in Europe already. He is just 19 years old,” he said.

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Champions League Update: Real Madrid, Manchester United win, Lyon stun Man City

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Champions League Update: Real Madrid, Manchester United win, Lyon stun Man City

Real Madrid began their quest to win the Champions League for a fourth time in a row, with a 3-0 win over Roma on Wednesday night.

The LaLiga giants, who lost Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, dominated proceedings at the Santiago Bernabeu, but only scored once in the first half through Isco’s lovely free-kick.

However, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz added more goals in the second half.

Manchester United thrashed Young Boys 3-0 in Switzerland, with Paul Pogba netting a brace, while Bayern Munich won 2-0 away at Benfica.

Lyon shocked Manchester City 2-1 at The Etihad and Ajax hammered AEK Athens 3-0.

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch in tears as he received a red card following an off-the-ball clash with an opponent during Juventus and Valencia clash on Wednesday night.

The 33-year-old flicked his boot at Jeison Murillo as they clashed together in the 29th minute and the defender fell to the floor. The Portugal forward then appeared to pull Murillo’s hair in an attempt to lift him off the ground and the Valencia players immediately protested to the fifth official behind the goal.Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

After Referee Felix Brych consulted with his colleague, he gave Ronaldo a red card, leaving the footballer in tears as he made his way down the tunnel.

The red card was Ronaldo’s 11th red card of his career but first in the Champions League.

Watch the incident below.

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