'We knew they had been going down in the box looking for a penalty'. There was still plenty of time for England to respond, but the players looked devoid of ideas and paralysed by fear. England have a great weapon in the air. There were lots of penalty incidents with Panama and Tunisia. It's hurtful. You have to try and stand in the shoes of the players.
"The best thing for us was to beat them at football", said Stones. These interruptions are bad.
A host of yellow cards followed the first goal in the match for the both sides, but enjoying the 1-0 lead over Colombia, team England's defense obviously cemented its net waiting for the final whistle to signal their entry into the quarterfinals stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
England defender John Stones has described World Cup last 16 opponents Colombia as "probably the dirtiest team I have ever come up against" in the latest salvo in the bitter fall-out from England's victory over the South American side. "It has been obvious, too obvious".
Pekerman seems to have conveniently forgotten Wilmar Barrios' relatively tame yet pre-meditated chin-butt on Jordan Henderson.
One mocking meme showed male officials at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) headquarters distracted by images of Colombian women in the crowd, instead of watching the game.
In the last few days Federation Internationale de Football Association have made it clear that more scrutiny has be given to attackers being hauled down in the penalty area. Inevitably a fierce South American protest ensued, lasting over three minutes and continued after the game by striker Radamel Falcao who accused Geiger of bias for handing out six yellow cards to his teammates yet only two to England.
"But I have not seen a game like that before and how they behaved".
"To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in added time, you know, it's hard to come back from that".
The added time of three minutes made no difference to the uneventful match between England and Colombia and both teams retreated to their locker rooms for a 15-minute pause with the scoreless draw.
"It was clear that in the 50-50 calls, he always sided with England and this is a disgrace in the round of 16", said Falcao.
Pickford is the first England goalkeeper to save a penalty in a shootout at a major tournament since David Seaman at the 1998 World Cup against Argentina. In a World Cup full of thrilling unpredictability, the only downside has been some of the appalling indiscipline.