Officials won't let players' kids on the field to celebrate with Colombia

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Colombia's goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon celebrates after Colombia's James Rodriguez scored his side's fourth goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Colombia's goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon celebrates after Colombia's James Rodriguez scored his side's fourth goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Colombia's goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon celebrates after Colombia's James Rodriguez scored his side's fourth goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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It's one of the biggest moments of your life: your team has just advanced to the elimination round of the World Cup, the first time your country has been there since 1990.

It's the 20th anniversary of the year your teammate, Andres Escobar, was gunned down because he scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup that cost the country a chance to advance to the Round of 16. And moments earlier, you became the oldest player in history to play in a World Cup match.

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With so much to celebrate, the natural reaction is to grab the people you love and go a bit crazy; to run to the sidelines and hug your family, to bring them on the field and get a few pictures for prosterity. That's exactly what Colombian goalkeeper Fyard Mondragon intended to do on Tuesday.

But game officials had other ideas, refusing to let him bring his kids on the field.

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Reading Mondragon's lips, it looked like he was trying to say he wanted to take a photo, but the officials said "No, no no." When the cameras moved on, the kids were still on the sidelines.

Here's Mondragon in April holding a sign his kids made for him:

Mondragon, 43, first represented Colombia in the World Cup alongside Escobar in 1994. That year, the team was heavily favored to win the tournament, but was knocked out early after Escobar famously scored an own goal. Escobar was murdered soon after returning to Colombia.

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On Tuesday, Mondragon came on in the 85th minute. By subbing in, he became the oldest player to ever play in the World Cup. 

Colombia and the Netherlands are so far the only teams to win all three of their opening round matches. Argentina and Belgium could also win out. If they do, don't expect to see their kids celebrating on the field.

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