England ends penalty curse to reach last eight

Colombia boss Jose Pekerman hopes James Rodriguez will be fit to play England

Colombia boss Jose Pekerman hopes James Rodriguez will be fit to play England

The Three Lions had been eliminated in all three of their previous shootout attempts at the World Cup, falling to West Germany in the 1990 semifinals, Argentina in the 1998 round of 16 and Portugal in the 2006 quarterfinals.

It was a stunning end to normal time that left England ragged and reeling.

England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout, completing a nerve-wracking 120 minutes.

But on Tuesday night they advanced 4-3 after Pickford denied Carlos Bacca in the fifth round - Mateus Uribe having already struck the post - and Eric Dier sent in the victor to give England a berth against Sweden in the last eight.

Mina's performance earned accolades from spectators despite the team's loss, while midfielder Mateus Uribe, who fluffed the first of Colombia's two missed penalties, earned sympathy.

After victories over Tunisia and Panama booked England's place in the group stage, a mainly second-string side lost to an also weakened Belgium in the final group match.

England had several chances to double the lead but Colombia then hit back at the death. But England bounced back to win and remain in Russian Federation.

England edged the first half and Colombia should have been reduced to 10 men after Wilmar Barrios headbutted Henderson, yet he inexplicably only received a booking from referee Mark Geiger.

Yerry Mina popped up from a corner in the third minute minute of additional time to head home past Pickford.




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

Gareth Southgate's team won 4-3 on spot-kicks after the World Cup "Round of 16" match finished 1-1 following extra time. That was until a soft penalty kick was awarded to Kane after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez.

Half-chances followed for the English as Dele Alli and Harry Maguire both missed the target with headers, but a mistake from Kyle Walker almost let the South Americans back into the contest nine minutes from time.

With neither side able to force a victor, the match went to penalties.

It is that understanding on the field that will count above and beyond anything else at Spartak Stadium against a talented Colombia side who are waiting on the fitness of star playmaker James Rodriguez.

England had the better of the chances in a tiresome first half with a Kieran Trippier free kick in the 42nd minute whizzing past the goal.

Kane strained to meet a fine Kieran Trippier cross that he could only direct onto the roof of the as Juan Quintero looked most likely to unpick the lock at the other end.

After four minutes of mayhem as the Colombians protested, Kane kept his cool and smashed in his third spot-kick of Russian Federation 2018.

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