England tied with Colombia 0-0 in first half of World Cup round of 16 clash

Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-04 03:07:06|Editor: huaxia
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MOSCOW, July 3 (Xinhua) -- England tied with Colombia 0-0 in the first half of the World Cup round of 16 clash at Spartak Stadium here on Tuesday.

England coach Southgate fielded the same starting lineup as the side's opener against Tunisia in the group phase, playing a 3-5-2 formation.

In the Colombian side, largely to fans' disappointment, star player James Rodriguez wasn't among the starters due to an injury. They played a 4-3-2-1 formation.

England launched fast attacks and created a few threats through some early set pieces which were largely blocked by the Colombian side.

The first real chance for England came in the 16th minute, when captain Harry Kane, receiving a Kieran Trippier cross from the right, headed towards a half-empty net, but the ball went over the bar.

In the 39th minute, Kane was brought down and England was awarded a free kick, but Trippier kicked the ball wide.

Meanwhile, Colombia's attempts to launch counter attacks were also in vain in front of England's defense.

In the injury time, Colombia made a threat with a Juan Quintero shot, but the ball bounced and Jordan Pickford of England held it fast.

Tuesday's match marks the last one of the World Cup round of 16 fixtures, and winners are going to face Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Colombia and England have met on five previous matches, with England victorious in three and tying with Colombia in two of the fixtures. Enditem