Diego Maradona says England committed 'robbery' against Colombia

Jordan Pickford

Football legend Diego Maradona has slammed FIFA officials, saying England's penalty shootout win over Colombia was a "monumental theft" for the South American side who were knocked out of the Football World Cup yesterday morning.

Harry Kane opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot but England were furious that American referee Mark Geiger only showed a yellow card for a first-half headbutt by Wilmar Barrios on Jordan Henderson.

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.

Colombia lost their Group H opener to Japan but beat Poland and Senegal to advance to the knockout stage.

England fans spilled out onto Friar Street after England's historic World Cup penalty shootout victory on Tuesday night. England have set-pieces, Sweden will make some chances, but the game will come down to luck - the team that makes the most of their luck will win.

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".

"It's a shame James couldn't play", said lawyer Daniel Guerrero, 39, watching the game on a big screen at a mall in Bogota, where once noisy crowds fell painfully silent as Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty.

"But I have not seen a game like that before and how they (Colombia) behaved".

"For me, it was one of those games that was so unusual".

England face Sweden at 15:00 BST on Saturday, a game that will be shown live across the BBC.

Maradona, 1986 World Cup champion, had been a prominent spectator during Argentina matches but seemingly switched allegiances when his country was dumped out of the competition by France. "It was a hard situation to be in, but one we overcame and can be proud of". "He can not be put in to referee a match of this magnitude".

"You don't always get what you deserve in life but tonight I think we did".

"I thought we did brilliant because we kept a cool head and we have not been dragged into it".

"But we have played tough matches that have made us stronger, more confident and with more belief in ourselves".

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