England and Colombia World Cup last-16 match goes to extra


England players celebrate the penalty save by Jordan Pickford from Carlos Bacca of Colombia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

England have snapped one of the most famous football "curses" in history after prevailing in a penalty shootout for the first time at a World Cup.

England boss Gareth Southgate has urged his team not to look further than the Round of 16 clash with Colombia.

Colombia forced the extra period when defender Yerry Mina headed a last-gasp equalizer, scoring for the third straight game.

England captain Harry Kane had given his side a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute with a well-taken penalty. With a matchup against Colombia (No. 10 according to Elo), followed by either Switzerland or Sweden, and then either Russian Federation or Croatia, some see a clear path to the final match. This really is a new England team, however, and at a time when past English teams might have crumbled, this one revived itself to advance.

England could well reach the World Cup final this year.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route.

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"Fantastic. I think we deserved it, as well", Southgate said after the game.

The news means that it is likely that the 2014 Golden Boot victor will play some part against the "Three Lions", which would be a major boost for the Colombians as they seek to defeat England for the first time in their history.

England's players fumed and Harry Maguire called for the video assistant referee, yet referee Geiger inexplicably only handed out a booking when information came through his headset. "They were unlucky", reflected Robson when speaking to Lineker for a TV documentary some years later, and even in the round before they had been thoroughly outplayed by Belgium only to snatch a 119th-minute victor through David Platt.

England have qualified for the quarter-final of a World Cup for the first time since 2006.

Can Colombia pass the England challenge?

But coach Jose Pekerman faces an anxious wait to see if World Cup talisman James Rodriguez can recover from a mystery injury to face the Three Lions. It was their first ever World Cup win via penalty shootout.

But instead they sacrificed their best hope of winning this game by turning it into a kicking match because, if England are capable of anything, it is standing up to a physical challenge.