While it's one thing to defend your team's approach (justifiably or not), it's quite another to ignore a string of infractions which, on another day, could (should?) have resulted in far worse punishments than the flurry of yellow cards handed out to Colombia.
"It was a good match, but (I'm) always disappointed when the game goes to penalties - it doesn't show the true potential of the team", said Emma Kinsey, 32, a yoga instructor from Lincoln who lives in Bogota.
They had earlier taken the lead from the penalty spot after Harry Kane was fouled by Carlos Sanchez and, although Colombia equalised late on through Yerry Mina, it was England who held their nerve on spot-kicks to progress to the last eight. "I apologise to all the Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame", he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Mina's performance earned accolades from spectators despite the team's loss, while midfielder Mateus Uribe, who fluffed the first of Colombia's two missed penalties, earned sympathy. The decision did not augur well with the Colombian tactician Jose Pekerman who argued that Englands "fall in the box" was was a confusion over the amount of physical contact tolerated at corners.
"When we won the penalty, they were surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you've all seen, scuffing the penalty spot, a lot of off-the-ball things you probably haven't heard about".
Maradona attempted to troll England, victims of his infamous "Hand of God" in 1986, by wearing the Colombia shirt during the match.
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As England's Eric Dier successfully converted the winning penalty, a previously unsighted Leeson can be seen emerging from the throng, jumping, swirling and spilling his drink - before discarding the cup altogether.
"The game loses quality... and for me that was the negative point".
"I just remember running in and someone stepped in front of me", Sterling said. "In fact, it was Kane's fault", Maradona went on.
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More shameful in what was a predictably tight game were the antics used by Colombia's players to try and influence the officials and gain whatever advantage they could.
"I screamed at Colombia's equaliser as though I had been the one to head that ball because it's not possible - you have to denounce this".