England beats Colombia in shootout, advances to World Cup quarter-finals

England beats Colombia in shootout, advances to World Cup quarter-finals

England beats Colombia in shootout, advances to World Cup quarter-finals

Colombia's Yerry Mina, left, and Juan Cuadrado celebrate after scoring a late goal to equalise against England in regulation time.

If England are to reach the World Cup quarter-finals then they will have to win a tournament knockout match for the first time since 2006.

And asked whether England can start dreaming of glory if they beat Colombia, Rooney said: "I think we should be dreaming now".

Should England reach the quarterfinals, only the likes of Sweden, Switrzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation stand between them and the final. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted".

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.

Of course the result meant the Three Lions finished second and went into the bottom half of the draw, which was adjudged to be the easier side of things with the likes of France and Brazil out of the way ahead of the final. The first five found the net before Henderson was denied by a fine save by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

From the moment the Barcelona defender dwarfed over Raheem Sterling in the opening stages to concede a free-kick, England knew they were in for a sizeable physical battle with this streetwise Colombian side.

England had gone ahead in the 57th minute with Harry Kane's penalty for his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation.

Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have all spoken recently of the cliques that became entrenched within the England camp during their era, when players from the Premier League's leading clubs kept one another at arm's length, and quarter-finals at World Cups and European Championships proved an insurmountable hurdle.

Regulation ended 1-1 as Colombia canceled out a Harry Kane penalty-kick goal late in the match, and neither could find the victor in extra time.

Southgate's men were rewarded for their persistence minutes after the break when, from a corner, Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane in the box.

Expected Crowd Turnout: With its last hosting in this FIFA World Cup 208, Spartak Stadium is expected to be a jam-packed affair, as Colombia meet England, with a total crowd attendance of 44,800.

"Fantastic. I think we deserved it, as well", Southgate said after the game. "We are excited and enjoying the World Cup", he said.

Southgate has his own personal connection with penalty shootouts, having missed a decisive one against Germany at Wembley which sent England crashing out of Euro 1996.

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