England Finally Banish Penalty Hoodoo On Dramatic Night In Moscow

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 03: England players (l-r Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Jamie Vardy) celebrate after Eric Dier of England scores the winning penalty during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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.

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