England will face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday July 7th in Samara, after beating Colombia 4-3 on Tuesday following a penalty shootout in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.
England won a shootout with Eric Dier’s spot kick after a Jordan Pickford heroic save in the shootout and a missed Colombia penalty gave them the win.
Radamel Falcao pocketed the first goal for Colombia for an early advantage from the penalty spot. Harry Kane scored on England’s first penalty. Juan Cuadrado got another score for Colombia, before Marcus Rashford evened the score once more. Luis Muriel got Colombia’s third goal. Jordan Henderson and Mateus Uribe followed by missing penalties for each side.
Kieran Trippier tied the penalty shootout 3-3 before Carlos Bacca missed another try for Colombia. Eric Dier beat David Ospina on the final attempt, punching England’s ticket to the quarterfinals. Final Score 4-3 England.
England and Colombia were 0-0 at halftime.
Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute for his tournament-leading sixth goal of the World Cup and England was within minutes of securing a spot in the quarterfinals against Sweden.
Carlos Sanchez tackled Kane to the ground at a corner and referee Mark Geiger awarded the penalty, though there was a long delay as Colombian players pleaded with him to reconsider.
Against a chorus of whistles from Colombian fans, Kane hit the penalty down the center in the 58th minute for his sixth goal of the tournament, stretching his lead at the top of the scoring standings. Three of those were penalties.
But Mina rose above Harry Maguire to score with a bouncing header in the third minute of stoppage time, and the referee blew for the end of 90 minutes soon after. 1-1
Mina missed Colombia’s World Cup opener, but has scored one goal in each of the three games since.
The goal from Mina followed a contentious second half which ended with five yellow cards for Colombian players and at least two for England.
Jordan Pickford is the second England goalkeeper to save a penalty in a shoot-out at a World Cup. David Seaman was the first to do so in 1998, saving Hernan Crespo’s shot.
Colombia remain winless against England in international matches: six games played, three drawn and three lost.
Sweden faces England in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Samara Arena in Samara, Russia. The winner of that match faces Russia or Croatia in the World Cup semifinals on July 11th.
England is headed to the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2006 World Cup.
“I’m so proud. We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute. It shows our togetherness and character. These are the moments when you really see it. It’s a big night for everyone. Obviously we knew that England’s history with penalties hasn’t been great. It was nice to get that one off our back. It gives us huge belief. We’ve ticked one of the boxes so far. There’s still a long way to go. This will give us more belief than ever and give the fans back at home more belief than ever and we’re just looking forward to the next one” Man of the Match Harry Kane said at the post match press conference.
“The World Cup has unraveled like this. Like every team here, we had the ambition to win it. We have made every possible effort to progress. It was highly intense, very competitive. Both sides have testified to the importance of this match. We’ve been a brave squad, we’ve fought hard. We’ve never thrown in the towel when facing an opponent. We’ve had the right attitude and mindset” Colombia coach, Jose Pekerman said.
A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups proceeded to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. The World Cup is being held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on July 15. The 11 host cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.