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What you may have missed from World Cup Day 20

After a small blip, I think we can all agree that football is coming home. They’re just keeping us on our toes.

Another breathless day of football saw England and Sweden earn passes to the quarter-finals, while we had to say goodbye to Switzerland and Colombia.

So yesterday, I was busy practising my next celebration in the mirror. Can you tell me what I missed?

This is the World Cup that keeps on giving. Just when you thought England were squeezing through, up steps Yerry Mina with another clutch header to rack up the drama meter.

Missing James Rodríguez through injury it would be fair to say that Colombia lacked bite going forward but Mina alongside defensive partner Davinson Sánchez were superb.

 

England though! What a moment for them. The Three Lions won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time in their history and it feels like a corner has been turned.

This young side weren’t quite sure how to manage extra time as Los Cafeteros came on strong, but to keep calm during that shootout with history going against you and a huge responsibility on your shoulders deserves credit.

Are they the best team in the tournament? No. But momentum is one hell of a thing.

Sweden also deserve some time in the spotlight. Their cagey win over Switzerland meant that the Blågult have won back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year.

A telling sign of what’s to come?

OK. Sounds interesting. If you had to pick a best moment though, what would you go for?

Jordan Pickford’s penalty save. He’s been subject to criticism in Russia but what a way to respond to your critics.

Wrong technique? Too small? Distribution not good enough? Have some of that. The Everton stopper threw out a monstrous left hand to save from Carlos Bacca and from there it was all up to Eric Dier who duly obliged.

Did anyone say anything interesting yesterday?

“It’s very hard to win with a referee playing for the Queen of England.”

Faustino Asprilla is a legend, but there isn’t much to complain about when Carlos Sánchez is more interested in MMA grapples than marking his man.

This may surprise you but I’m into visual art. Can you show me a picture from yesterday that evokes all the emotion of the World Cup?

We needed an oxygen tank close by after those penalties, how the players cope with such coolness will always be a mystery.

You know what? I am sick of football. What else could I be watching today?

Luckily for you, there is no football! Get outside and enjoy the fresh outdoors. Smell the freshly cut grass. Enjoy the sun on your skin.

Unless you’ve got bad allergies and are prone to getting burnt. Then you should probably stay inside.

Thanks for the advice

You’re welcome

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