Federation Internationale de Football Association slam Diego Maradona for his statement against referee



England were the better side without looking too unsafe but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

Football fans in Reading were jubilant after England's penalty shoot-out win against Colombia.

Colombian players Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Luis Muriel managed to score their penalties, but attempts by Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed following some great work by Jordan Pickford. Will the Three Lions win a first knock-out match for 12 years?

England will next play Sweden on Saturday in Samara.

Asked to expand on the other Colombian spoiling tactics, Stones said: "I'd rather not say, otherwise I reckon it could get me in a bit of trouble".

"We've had a list [of penalty takers] for the past couple of days", Southgate said.

"The game was so odd", Stones said in a news conference.

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The petition states that both incidents were clear cases of referee Mark Geiger directing the game in favour of the English and thus asks Federation Internationale de Football Association to review them in order to "set a precedent for fair play".

"Goodbye Russia World Cup - with honour but without glory", headlined leading Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. But Colombia, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation will be feeling exactly the same, and they will all fancy themselves against a nation which has a history of taking too much for granted.

England's first knockout victory since 2006 was particularly sweet for coach Gareth Southgate, whose shootout miss decided the Euro '96 semi-final, and vindicated - just - his decision to field a second-string side in the final group game defeat by Belgium to secure an easier route towards the final.

"I think the most important thing is to keep creating possibilities without losing possession". When you play a team that want to fight and disturb your momentum, you can sometimes get dragged into it.

Later reflecting on Colombia's equaliser on his show, he said: "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself". A man like that (Geiger) should not be put in charge of a game of that magnitude.

In some minds Colombia's Wilmar Barrios was fortunate not to be sent off after slow motion replays appeared to show him headbutting England midfiender Jordan Henderson as a fracas erupted around the awarding a free kick.

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