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Colombia players arrive to hero’s welcome

Bogota, Jul 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 11:53:26 PM IST
Colombia arrived back in Bogota to a hero’s welcome on Thursday as supporters showed their appreciation following their nation’s run to the first knockout round. 
Thousands of fans lined the streets of the Colombian capital as the team bus drove through to cheer and unveil banners in support of the squad. 
Captain Radamel Falcao and coach Jose Pekerman led the team’s response as they clapped and waved to the fans gathered in their wake. Members of the Colombian army even turned out to toast their nation’s efforts in Russia, sporting camoflauge caps and national team shirts.  
Fans in attendance looked delighted with their team’s efforts in Russia as they made it to the round of 16 after finishing top of their group. 
Despite the positive reception in Bogota, two players have received death threats after missing penalties in the shootout defeat by England on Tuesday. 
Messages targeting Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca started to appear within minutes of Colombia being knocked out following the dramatic match in Moscow.
Uribe’s penalty hit the crossbar while Bacca’s attempt was kept out by a spectacular save from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. England had taken the lead through Harry Kane’s 57th-minute penalty but an injury-time header from Yerry Mina sent the match to extra time. 
After a goalless 30 minutes, the match went to a penalty shootout and Eric Dier would strike the winning spot-kick to send England through. 

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