Curse is broken: England's dramatic shootout comeback


Everton keeper Pickford was criticised for failing to save Adnan Januzaj's victor in Belgium's 1-0 triumph over the Three Lions in their final group game, with opposite number Thibaut Courtois saying that he was smaller than most goalkeepers at the tournament.

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Pickford's incredible one-handed save looked to put Southgate's men through only for Yerry Mina to jump high at a corner to head home three minutes into stoppage time.

Uribe's penalty hit the crossbar while Bacca's attempt was saved by hero England goalkeeper Pickford.

While Pickford is now England's number one goalkeeper after a season in the Premier League with Everton following a move from Sunderland, it did not stop Thibaut Courtois mocking him when asked by Belgian website Voetball24.

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The teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time.

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"I actually predicted we would get knocked out to Colombia in the last 16 so I was already anxious".

"I think given the penalties have broken the curse, we're going all the way - 2-1 in the final against France".

"This is the sort of game you dream about as a little boy and we can enjoy it from the first second", said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

"A lot was said about both sides' set-pieces and we have to defend football. It's a special moment for us".

As a player for the national team he missed in the shoot-out in Euro 96 that England lost, just days after their win, with the defenter's effort the only miss.