POST TIME: 6 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
May admits to penalty nerves

May admits to penalty nerves

AFP, LONDON: England's World Cup penalty shootout win against Colombia proved to be almost as nerve-wracking for British Prime Minister Theresa May as for Gareth Southgate's players in Russia.

The 61-year-old watched some of Tuesday's last-16 match that took place in Moscow, a spokesman said, without specifying which part exactly.

England looked on course for relatively serene progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2006 World Cup before they conceded a goal in injury time.

Neither team were able to break the deadlock in extra time so the game went to penalties.

England stumbled first, with Jordan Henderson's spot-kick saved by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.

But Mateus Uribe rattled the crossbar and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca before Eric Dier tucked away the decisive spot-kick to complete a 4-3 win.

"She did see some of (the match)," said a Downing Street spokesman. "She actually said earlier, she struggles to watch penalties because it's a nerve-wracking time."

May appeared buoyed by the team's victory at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.