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Ospina proud despite Colombia's shootout 'lottery' loss to England

04:55 BST 04/07/2018
David Ospina Colombia England World Cup 2018
The Arsenal goalkeeper says his national side can be proud of their World Cup despite their elimination in penalties

Goalkeeper David Ospina believes Colombia can walk away from Russia with their heads held high after their elimination from the World Cup.

The South Americans drew 1-1 with England in their round of 16 fixture, but they were knocked out of the tournament after a dramatic penalty shootout .

Ospina, 29, saved from Jordan Henderson before misses from Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca proved costly, and said he remained proud of Colombia’s performance.

“We’re going [home] sad, but now is the time to raise your head,” he told Mundo Deportivo .

“[The team] left every ounce of sweat. We are running out of the adventure at the World Cup, but we are leaving with a clear conscience that we gave it everything on the field.

“As it is said, it is a lottery, there was fortune [saving Henderson’s penalty] at first, but then two failed and that’s how it is.”

Colombia boss Jose Pekerman was also of the opinion that his side had plenty to be proud of, as they and England played out an intense clash. 
 
"All the teams have that expectation of taking the trophy home, that's why we compete," he said in his post-match news conference. 
 
"Like every other team here we also had that ambition and we made an effort. We think the team has made every effort to progress.
 

 

 
"This tonight was the last definitive duel. It was highly intense, very competitive and both sides have testified to the importance of this match."
 
England move on to face Sweden in the quarter-final, with the winner set to face either Croatia or hosts Russia for a place in the World Cup final.