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2018 World Cup last-16 match report Colombia v England 03 July 2018

Posted: 3 July 2018 Time: 21:24

England won their first-ever penalty shootout at a World Cup after seeing off Colombia to progress to the quarter-finals.

Spurred on by the favourites tag, the English started relatively slow, but they did manage to bring the first attempt, albeit in anguish courtesy of a looping header from Harry Kane that ended on top of the net.

After a dull quarter of an hour, a few half-hearted chances at either end brought little to swing the momentum or intensity at which the game went about in Moscow.

Juan Quintero, who has shown a few promising moments in the tournament so far, came up with the Colombians' first shot on goal after cutting in from the right side close to half-time.

Following a dry start to the second period, the game sprung to life and in the favour of the Three Lions, who were set to go in front.

A foul by Carlos Sanchez on Kane inside the box from a corner left the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.

It was left to Kane to step forward and so he did with aplomb, burying home down the middle from 12-yards on 57 minutes.

Colombia's chance to go level came late on, but Juan Cuadrado failed to make it count with a rash shot from inside the box after catching England on the counter.

Just as it looked a certain victory for England, the Colombians sprung a surprise with the last move of the game after Yerry Mina used his aerial prowess to thump home a corner to send the game in extra time.

With no meaningful offensive threat from any side, the contest would eventually be settled via a penalty shootout.

A save from Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca, leaving Eric Dier to convert the winning penalty for England and book their quarter-final spot, where they take on Sweden.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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