Colombians turn Moscow yellow ahead of World Cup game with England (VIDEOS)

3 Jul, 2018 17:27
Colombians turn Moscow yellow ahead of World Cup game with England (VIDEOS)
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Colombian fans have been out in force on the streets of Moscow ahead of their team’s World Cup last 16 encounter with England in the Russian capital.

Yellow-shirted fans were a conspicuous presence on the streets from early on in the day, with the stream of Colombia fans building ahead of the evening kick-off at Spartak Stadium.

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A large number of Colombian fans took over Manezhnaya Square near the World Cup countdown clock – a spot they had made their own on the opening day of the tournament.

Supporters of the team nicknamed ‘The Coffee Growers’ had clearly had their daily shot of caffeine and were fired up for the game, as fans bounced in unison as they chanted

One was seen holding a mock World Cup trophy and another had a child on their shoulders.

The yellow masses were also happy to bring youngsters along to enjoy the scene, as they happily took in the activity in the center of Moscow.

Earlier, colorful Colombians had taken in the sights of the Russian capital – where they are playing for the first time after playing in Saransk, Kazan and Samara during the group stages.    

The fans also made their presence felt on the way to the game at Spartak Stadium, showing some rhythmic moves and appreciation for the host nation with cries of “We love Russia.”

An estimated 65,000 Colombia fans are in Russia for the World Cup, and they are expected to heavily outnumber Three Lions fans at Spartak Stadium.  

However, England fans were not completely missing from the streets of Moscow, and many mixed with the Colombian presence.

The winners of tonight’s game will book a spot in the quarter-finals in Samara against Sweden, who  earlier defeated Switzerland 1-0.