England progressed to the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night with a penalty shootout victory over Colombia in Moscow.
In a match that finished 1-1 after 120 minutes, the pendulum swung both ways in terms of who looked more likely to qualify at any one time, but the Three Lions will feel that have done more than enough to set up a last-eight clash against Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon.
Two second-half goals, one a Harry Kane penalty on the hour mark and the other a stoppage-time header from Yerry Mina, sent the time into extra time, after a period of 90 minutes that threatened to descend into chaos on more than one occasion as referee Marc Geiger very nearly lost control of proceedings.
In the penalty shootout, it looked as though it would be the same old story for England when Jordan Henderson’s shot was saved by David Ospina. However, consecutive misses from Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca – the former hitting the crossbar nad the latter bringing out a fine save from Jordan Pickford – ensure that England would win out in a shootout at the World Cup for the first time.
England deservedly march on to the last eight for the first time since 2006 – and the party rolls on for another few days at least.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 3, 2018
Fuck me, I’m crying. Yes yes yes.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 3, 2018
Never thought I’d ever, ever, see England win on penalties. Forget what happened before, roll on Saturday #Eng
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 3, 2018
Gareth Southgate, the man who missed in 96, leading the England team that just won its first-ever World Cup shootout. I know it’s obvious, but it still feels rather poetic.
— Paolo Bandini (@Paolo_Bandini) July 3, 2018
— England (@England) July 3, 2018
It’s official, #ItsComingHome
— Joleon Lescott (@JoleonLescott) July 3, 2018
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) July 3, 2018
It’s just about still coming home. pic.twitter.com/NCwuVW9aCi
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) July 3, 2018