With three goals in three games, each one celebrated with an outlandish dance, Colombia's Yerry Mina has been one of the stars of the World Cup, and the adoration he's received back home has been badly needed after a nightmarish six months at Barcelona.
Mina's fall from grace in Spain and his resurgence in Russia was clearly on the defender's mind when he spoke to reporters following Colombia's penalty shoot-out defeat to England, as his stoppage-time header had temporarily kept his side in the...
Gareth Southgate provided one of the images of the World Cup after overseeing England's penalty shootout win over Colombia in the round 16.
While many coaches might have simply basked in the victory, Southgate took the time and effort to offer words of consolation to several of the Colombian team, including Mateus Uribe who missed.
No hay momento más duro que el de la derrota 💔. Igual levanto la cabeza para darte gracias Dios por tus Bendiciones 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 tus tiempos son perfectos y sabes para que nos tienes. pic.twitter.com/uYzInKpNwr
Before the last of the second-round matches, legendary former Colombia striker Faustino Asprilla tweeted his prediction that "with the happy and beautiful football that has always been our characteristic, today we will beat cold England."
But Colombia's team selection made that a nonstarter.
There had indeed been some happy and beautiful football from Colombia in this World Cup. In their second game, they produced one of the most impressive performances so far to see off Poland 3-0. It was, sadly,...
MOSCOW -- Colombia tied a match that appeared to be lost with their rebellious spirit and huge mental strength. They wound up losing their ticket to the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout, but a performance that started out poor ended up being worthy.
It was a bitter farewell from Russia 2018 for Colombia, who were left with the lingering feeling that they had the win within their reach.
The unyielding mental strength of this team. Their performance was poor, and the defensive plan...
MOSCOW -- In a tournament full of beautiful play, eye-popping wonder goals and grandstand finishes, there was, finally, this: the black eye.
Two black eyes, actually. And a fat lip. And the kind of nasty scrape that leaves blood dripping down one cheek.
How bad was it? Well, England vs. Colombia didn't feature the staggering skill of France vs. Argentina or the blistering pace of Belgium vs. Japan, but rather the body slams and arm bars of a Royal Rumble, as well as the head-butts, face rakes, ankle...