England shake penalties demons in shootout against Colombia

England shake penalties demons in shootout against Colombia

England shake penalties demons in shootout against Colombia

"We said, well, we'll come and see what this famous city has got to offer, take in the sights, see the game and hopefully England do the business". "But today is a special moment for this team".

"I believed our goalkeeper would save one, and the technique of our players in taking them was superb".

England will next play Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Samara. "We have underestimated them for years", Southgate said.

"I suppose it's worked out alright and we're still going to win it".

Southgate's side has struggled to break down teams with a similar approach - needing an added-time victor to beat Tunisia in their opening game and then only scoring courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty in the meeting with Colombia.

"It was a nervous one". "I've never really been in a situation like that before".

Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour in Moscow, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner. Through small calls he was pushing us [toward] our goal, that was clear for me. We still know we have extra time; we still have a penalty shootout to win this game.

In the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson's poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions.

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"It was a top class save and I was surprised he could reach it given his height", he said with a grin. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper in the world. "It's shameful that this happens in the round of 16 of a World Cup".

England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on it at the compact Spartak Stadium.

BBC Sport tweeted images of Southgate's emotional reaction to his team winning the penalty shootout. Kane put away the penalty with class in the 57th minute. Both teams had the talent to make a run, and one will look back on Russian Federation as a real opportunity to reach a World Cup final. In a group famously described as "EASY" - England, Algeria, Slovenia, "Yanks" (United States) - by one tabloid newspaper, they could only finish second which meant a last-16 encounter with Germany.

The game itself had been a bad-tempered affair, with eight players booked in total - six Colombians, including Wilmar Barrios, who was lucky to avoid red for a first-half headbutt on Henderson.

For England fans who have made the journey to Moscow, there was confidence but also nerves.

"There's been a lot about this being a young team", England's Harry Kane said.

Still, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman wasn't happy with the English approach. The first match I ever watched was the 66 final but I was eight and can not remember much about it.

Southgate was labelled the "ultimate gentleman" and a "class act" on Twitter after his gesture of sympathy as he went around shaking hands and embracing Colombian players.

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