England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the quarter-finals. It is the first time ever that they have won a World Cup penalty shootout.
England broke their World Cup penalty shootout jinx on Wednesday against Colombia. With the score tied 1-1 at end of extra time thanks to a stoppage time equaliser by Colombia’s Yerry Mina, the match became the third to go into penalties in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16. England emerged from the shootout as 4-3 winners, the first time ever that they have done so in a World Cup and in a major tournament since the 1996 Euros.
Colombia’s Mateus Uribe hit the crossbar while Carlos Bacca’s spot kick was saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. This meant that when Eric Dier came to take the decisive kick, the score stood at 3-3. He went to the keeper’s right, David Ospina went the correct side and even got a touch but could not keep the ball out.
Wayne Rooney, without whom England are playing their first World Cup since 2006, was quick to express his hapiness on Twitter.
Ian Wright, Gary Neville and Lee Dixon, all of whom are pundits for ITV in this World Cup, tweeted out videos of them celebrating that final penalty in the TV studio.
England face Sweden in the quarter final on Saturday.
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