Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

England beat Colombia on penalties after dramatic night in Moscow

England beat Colombia on penalties after dramatic night in Moscow

Maradona, whose celebration of Argentina's dramatic win over Nigeria that sealed a place in the knockout stages will provide one of the lasting memories of Russian Federation 2018, was particularly scathing of Geiger's decision to award a spot-kick to England when Kane was dragged to ground by Carlos Sanchez.

They were threatening but couldn't crack David Ospina.

Katie Johnson, 26, who travelled from Brixton to watch the match on Brighton beach with friends, said: "My heart was pounding when the screen went out".

England substitute Eric Dier scored the winning penalty for England, after Colombia's fourth penalty kick hit the crossbar and the fifth one was palmed away by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

There was edginess from the start, with Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado and England defender Harry Maguire involved in a spat before Radamel Falcao barged into Kieran Trippier, sparking the England defender to retaliate.

Dier, who may not even been in the first five England penalty-takers had Jamie Vardy not been struggling with a groin injury, revealed he did not know he was going to be taking the crucial fifth kick until after the end of extra time. "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself".

Then, unlike so many times before, luck finally smiled on them in the shootout.

In what was a tough last 16 tie, England had to overcome a Colombia side that frequently resorted to unsporting tactics throughout the game, with Southgate stating how proud he was of the way his players conducted themselves in the face of Los Cafeteros' gamesmanship.

"All I can think now is 'It's coming home'".

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England is advancing in Russian Federation after defending champion Germany was eliminated early and Argentina, Portugal and Spain went home in the Round of 16. "I'm very good at it", he added.

The two teams faced off on Tuesday, July 3 at Moscow's Spartak Stadium.

England have long-been the advocates of the 4-4-2 formation which many now consider to be out-dated.

England was awarded its penalty when Kane was knocked to the ground by Carlos Sanchez.

Elsewhere, the masses of Colombia fans in Elephant and Castle's Lost Rivers were left disappointed.

"Our historic record against them is another one we have to put right, but I think we have always viewed them at our level and I don't think that's right because their tournament record is better than ours".

The 27-year-old from south east London said: "I just really wanted to beat them (England)".

"When something goes wrong in your life it doesn't finish you and you should become braver, knowing that you've got to go for things in life and don't regret (that) you didn't try to be as good as you might be", said Southgate.

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