England entered World Cup quarter-finals by beating Colombia 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after the winning goal eluded both teams following 120 minutes of play at Otkrytie Arena in Moscow on Tuesday.
In the shoot-out, Eric Dier (pictured) scored the winning goal for England after their keeper Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s shot. Jordan Henderson and Mateus Uribe failed to convert for England and Colombia respectively.
England ended the penalty jinx lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Eric Dier to win the game for England,
England made a good start and almost came to scoring in the 16th minute but Harry Kane’s header went inches over the bar.
Colombia took time to settle while England were more organised. England dominated the first half and Colombia’s chances of entering quarters looked slim.
England scored a goal in the 57th minute through a penalty. Harry Kane was brought down by Carlos Sanchez inside the box and the England captain made no mistake in converting the penalty.
Colombia still failed to get into the rhythm and England appeared to be in sight of victory. But with just some 10 minutes left for the final whistle, Colombians began to combine well and make some smart moves. But it seemed they woke up too late as the game went into 4-minute added time.
In the 93rd minute, Pickford pulled off a great save by punching a long-range shot from Mateus Uribe.
Then came the corner kick. The tall Yerry Mina rose above others and headed it home.
In the 30 minutes extra time, Colombia dominated the first half while England were in control of the second half.
England will meet Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.