Engl­land ffanss sshaken...... butt nott sst­ti­ir­rrred

Eng­land fans were shak­ing and feared the worst on Tues­day night af­ter the Colom­bian goal­keeper saved Hen­der­son's ef­fort (see these Benidorm fans' re­ac­tion above) - but two saves by new Eng­land hero Pick­ford, added to Dier's win­ning shot, put the same fans

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Fol­low­ing the re­sults of the eight last six­teen ties, the lineup for the quar­ter-fi­nals of the World Cup is as fol­lows: (1) France v. Uruguay, 6 July (4pm) (2) Bel­gium v. Brazil 6 July (8pm) (3) Eng­land v. Swe­den 7 July (4pm) (4) Rus­sia v. Croa­tia 7 July (8pm)

As all foot­ball, fol­low­ers know, two of the great­est goal scor­ers of all-time – Lionel Messi (Ar­gentina) and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (Por­tu­gal) - will not fea­ture again in Rus­sia, nor will the 2010 cham­pi­ons Spain.

Three-time win­ners Ar­gentina were beaten 4-3 in a thrilling con­test by France for whom teenage sen­sa­tion Kylian Mbatti scored twice… Por­tu­gal were de­feated 2-1 by Uruguay who’s two-goal hero was Edin­son Ca­vani… and Spain, de­spite hav­ing 75 per-cent of the play, were held 1-1 by host na­tion Rus­sia, only to lose 4-3 in the en­sur­ing penalty shootout. Home goal­keeper Igor Afin­keev be­came a na­tional hero overnight by sav­ing two Span­ish spot-kicks.

Eng­land beat Colom­bia 4-3 on penal­ties (af­ter a 1-1 draw) in the last game in the round of 16… Bel­gium gained a last-gasp 3-2 win over Ja­pan… while the favourites Brazil saw off Mex­ico 2-0.

So far there have been 146 goals scored in the 56 games played… with many more to come. A record 20+ penal­ties have been awarded and as yet only three red cards have been bran­dished, while the VAR has now been brought into ac­tion over 100 times.

Mean­while, Uruguay’s Os­car Tabarez, aged 71, is the old­est man­ager ever to take charge of a coun­try in a World Cup fi­nals tour­na­ment… and Eng­land’s Harry Kane (with six goals) is well on his way to win­ning the Golden Boot.

Di­ary: The two semi-fi­nals will be played on July 10 and 11 in St. Peters­burg and Moscow re­spec­tively, with fi­nal tak­ing place on July 15, also in Moscow (5pm kick-off).

Eng­land squad con­grat­u­lates hero Pick­ford

Gloomy Messi as France cel­e­brate

Sports com­ments By Tony Matthews

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