England's win over Colombia erased 28 years of penalty shootout heartbreak

Kristopher Nichols
July 5, 2018

Colombia though certainly had the quality, will and opportunity to exploit any weaknesses in Southgate's defence and, while the late header from Yerry Mina forced extra-time, the backline passed their examination in impressive fashion.

Neither team could find an advantage in extra-time and so a bad-tempered match went to a nailbiting penalty shootout.

Jordan Henderson's penalty was saved, only for Mateus Uribe's effort to rattle the crossbar and Pickford to then deny Carlos Bacca.

Following a nail-biting and bad-tempered affair in Moscow, the game was decided by penalty kicks, and it was England who held their nerve and booked their place in the quarter finals after winning the shootout 4-3. "Our list of five takers altered because of the changes we made but we had some young players, who showed resilience under pressure".

"Every game's a tough game but if there ever was a chance for us to progress it's now", he said.

"We were ready for that".

Everyone seems to know the score; we've seen it all before.

Jordan Henderson and James Rodriguez could have been in direct competition last night but despite the fact that the Colombian didn't make it onto the pitch the England midfielder still had time to console him after the dramatic penalty shoot-out.

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Gareth Southgate made as many as seven changes in the 1-0 loss to Belgium and may recall numerous rested players back in the starting eleven.

Amusing how he didn't mention Wilmar Barrios luckily escaping a red card after head-butting Jordan Henderson in the first half.

Mina's leveller put the celebrations on hold, but Pickford, who saved two penalties at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup in 2011, had the last laugh in the shoot-out.

A member of the Colombia coaching staff appeared to deliberately barge Sterling as the Manchester City player headed towards the half-time at the interval, escaping with just a telling-off.

England's always-irreverent newspaper The Sun led its front page before the game with the banner "GO KANE!" under a list of Colombia's most famous products - a none-too-subtle reference to the South American nation's notorious cocaine trade.

This was the Three Lions' first win in the knockout stages of a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

John Stones scored two goals from set-pieces in England's 6-1 win over Panama.

England must make sure that Jordan Henderson is not left alone in the midfield battle, with the inclusion of Eric Dier always an option if Southgate is overly anxious by such an issue.

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