England wins first ever World Cup shootout to reach quarters

England wins first ever World Cup shootout to reach quarters

Notable: England has three wins and two draws in five previous meetings with Colombia, including a 2-0 win during the group stage of the 1998 World Cup. "We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning".

The England team is being roared by an army of fans at home.

After goalless first half, American referee Mark Geiger penalised Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez for hauling down England captain Harry Kane, who converted the resulting penalty (59).

England's young squad showed its inexperience by folding like a deck chair in the final minutes of regulation against Colombia and were completely overrun in the first period of extra time.

"We've become like family", he said. "We never panicked. We were ready for that". "We were calm. We stuck to our plan".

Things looked set to go pear-shaped when Jordan Henderson's penalty was saved, only for Mateus Uribe's spot-kick to rattle the bar and goalkeeper Pickford to deny Carlos Bacca.

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Amid all that, there was one man who didn't let it get to him. "You have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and make decisions which, in some quarters, might be criticized". I've got power and agility.

England have projected this World Cup as a fresh start for a new generation but the team's record of failure in penalty shoot-outs may not be so easy to forget.

One more save from England, and a final goal from Dier clinched it - England won 4-3 in penalties.

After decades stewing on his Euro 96 semi-final miss against Germany, Gareth Southgate has spent recent months trying to improve their chances in Russian Federation if it went all the way. "England have hardly covered themselves in glory in tournaments over the last two decades yet they were wasting time and energy and getting distracted thinking about possible quarter-finals and semi-finals".

Davinson Sanchez has played day-in, day-out against all of the players likely to be in the England starting eleven.

Against the odds, Sweden managed to finish first in a group featuring Germany, Mexico and South Korea. The tournament hosts were stubborn and well-organised in their last-16 victory over ball-hoarders Spain on penalties.

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