England tops Colombia in penalties, advance to FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals

England tops Colombia in penalties, advance to FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals

England tops Colombia in penalties, advance to FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals

Gareth Southgate's team looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Yerry Mina equalised with a 93rd-minute header as the giant Colombian defender scored for the third game in a row.

Jordan Pickford's save from Colombia's Carlos Bacca, following Mateus Uribe's miss, enabled Eric Dier to score the decisive kick for England, which sends them through to a quarterfinal clash with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.

The young players are showing that, enjoying the tournament, and we are looking forward to preparing for the quarter-final.

Henderson, meanwhile, had a dramatic evening with the Liverpool midfielder involved in a first-half incident with Wilmar Barrios in which the Colombian escaped a red card despite a headbutt. With their first choice XI back, they should perform better than in their last match, but Colombia will provide them with a stern test.

In the end, it came right down to the wire, with a tense penalty shoot-out that left Britons' hearts in their mouths.

England had gone ahead in the 57th minute with Harry Kane's penalty for his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route. "Prediction: Colombia 0 England 2". A 2-1 loss to Japan, which will be heavily credited to Colombia going down to 10 men early on.

It's hard to criticise a goalkeeper after a shootout - it is sort of a lottery after all - but it's nice to celebrate them when they rise above the pressure and win the game for their team.

It was their first shootout victory in World Cup history after defeats in 1990, 1998 and 2006. We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning'.

Colombia's players were strangely put out by the decision to pull Carlos Sanchez up for wrestling Kane to the deck, yet Henderson was the only player booked in a lengthy wait that ended with England's captain smashing home. More debating made Kane wait for several minutes before he calmly hit into the middle of the net with Ospina diving to his right - their ninth goal in Russian Federation and seventh from a set piece. Had Colombia played the expansive passing game that proved too much for Poland during the group stages, they would surely have made life more hard for England, who have always found it tough against opponents who can dominate possession.

James was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, leading to his big-money move to Real Madrid the same year.

"And they are greater than the sum of their parts more often than not".

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