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Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report

04 Juillet 2018

Expected Crowd Turnout: With its last hosting in this FIFA World Cup 208, Spartak Stadium is expected to be a jam-packed affair, as Colombia meet England, with a total crowd attendance of 44,800.

"We're not the favourites, we're playing against the country that invented football", said 32-year-old Espanyol midfielder Sanchez. Barring one, Colombia has never reached the quarter-finals.

Tottenham Hotspur man Davison Sanchez comes up against club teammates Kane and Alli as he lines up alongside centre-back partner Yerry Mina, who has already scored twice in two matches for the Colombians. "But we have our own weapons and once the game starts the only thing that matters is on the pitch".

The legendary late manager's clumsy quote of: "We didn't underestimate them, they were a lot better than we thought", came after a 3-2 win after extra-time in the quarter-final against Cameroon during which England looked destined for the exit until being rescued by a Gary Lineker penalty seven minutes from time.

With two very different paths through the draw on offer and qualification in the bag, England coach Gareth Southgate rested players for the match against Belgium. But from the moment they tugged and grappled England players at the first corner, it was clear that Colombia only had one approach.

Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez will miss Tuesday's World Cup last-16 tie against England after failing to recover from a calf injury.

"We still have a day and a half until the game to see how he feels and we hope that he will be fit to play for the games that we have to play here", Pekerman said.

Panama were demolished by a clinical England side before Gareth Southgate chose to rest majority of the starters for the match against Belgium. "This has made us stronger, more confident and we believe more in ourselves".

Coach Gareth Southgate fielded a weakened team against Belgium in the final Group G fixture, losing out 1-0 in what was a drab affair.

Lingard stressed that Colombia would be unsafe opponents as England look to reach a first quarterfinal since 2006. With a little bit of luck they might even win it. England are a good team but we did not mind who it was we would face. But the Swedes could earn more respect by beating Switzerland and advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994, when they ultimately finished third. The last-16 loss to Iceland at the 2016 European Championship helped give Southgate the support he needed to accelerate a rebuild of the England team and focus on younger players.

Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report