Unfortunately, for the fans gathered at the airport, extra time failed to produce a victor and the match went to penalty kicks, where against the prevailing tides of history, England did the unthinkable and won.
"No. Obviously we are going to have to play the big teams sooner rather than later, and if you want to be the best team in the world, you've got to beat the big teams".
Fortunately for England, Kane converted the penalty and the unsavoury incident didn't prove decisive on a historic night for the Three Lions.
Substitute Danny Rose nearly struck an extra-time victor when his angled shot whistled beyond the far post, and Eric Dier headed over unmarked at a corner before England's luck deserted them again in all too familiar fashion.
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England started strongly, landing a series of penalties in the early minutes of the game, and giving coach Gareth Southgate's team the chance to execute a series of the setpieces that the new coach has become known for - but couldn't quite convert them. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted", Kane told the BBC. Thus, he is likely to miss the match against England which will turn out to be a huge blow for Colombia.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios should have been shown a straight red card after appearing to headbutt England star Jordan Henderson.
All that preparation, and all that meticulous planning, not just when it came to how England would play but how they would cope inside the pressure cooker of a World Cup knock-out game. "[Radamel] Falcao is the only one who didn't really go his way". Should that be the case, Loftus-Cheek will slot in the midfield alongside Jordan Henderson.
Jesse Lingard has reacted to claims suggesting England have a favourable route to the 2018 World Cup Final after finishing second in Group G.
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Giant screens showed the match in many cities around the nation of almost 50 million people and in downtown Bogota, where suited lawyers, policemen and street vendors cheered and then commiserated in front of a screen set amid the gray concrete streets, as office workers watched from the windows above.
The teams play at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) in the final round-of-16 match of the tournament.
The Arsenal keeper told The Guardian: "We are a better team than four years ago". But England were more composed, more confident, never mind more honest against a South American side that at times were disgracefully cynical.
Rodriguez's last goal for Colombia came in an October, 2017, qualifier against Peru.
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Going back to the story about my daughter yesterday, I need to know if I am a grandfather or not. More penalties have been awarded at the 2018 Fifa World Cup than at any previous event.
If they make it past Sweden and into the semifinals, then assume Croatia will be England's most likely opposition.