Colombia's official Twitter post message about England loss - and it deserves respect

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The fallout from England's victory over Colombia has been pretty intense.

It was a last-16 tie littered with controversy, with the Three Lions eventually prevailing on penalties.

The controversy started when it looked as if Wilmar Barrios head butted Jordan Henderson off the ball in the first-half.

Colombia's midfielder terrier only picked up a yellow card, with the incident setting the tone for pretty much the rest of the match.

In the second-half, the South American side protested the penalty awarded for a foul on Harry Kane by Carlos Sanchez like mad men.

And they were furious when Harry Maguire was not punished for an alleged dive, with Carlos Bacca then having a goal controversially ruled out in extra-time.

In a nutshell, it was pretty much a war in the Spartak Stadium.

There were eight yellow cards in total, with England's John Stones labelling the Colombian side the "dirtiest he has ever faced".

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Radamel Falcao accused the referee of English bias, while Colombian fans actually started a petition to have the game replayed - it has over 200,000 signatures.

So it was very refreshing to see what the Colombian team's official Twitter account posted late Thursday night.

A reminder of what football is all about.

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Translated, the short message reads: "Football, a sport that excels respect, admiration and fair play."

Just a really nice touch and it's another piece of evidence highlighting why Gareth Southgate is just the perfect manager for England.

Regardless of the actions on the pitch by the players, the manager maintained his sportsmanship after the final whistle.

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As did most of the players as well, with Henderson pictured consoling James Rodriguez on the bench after their win on penalties.

Nice to see fair play prevailing after such a heated game.

England fans will be hoping for a less intense game against Sweden, however, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka have sent them a warning.

Shaqiri said: “They just stand back with big players in defence and try to play on the counter-attack. It was not beautiful football against us, but beautiful football does not always win. In today's era it is important to win games and it's not important how.

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"I don't think they are going to change their football to tiki-taka against England. It's going to be the same."

Xhaka added: “Everything about them is difficult.”

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