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England send Colombia home on penalties

England’s preparation for penalties proved fruitful as it comes to test them in ultimate battle against Colombia. Both side were resilient enough to take the match in extra-time and then on penalties. Harry Kane’s second-half penalty was cancelled out by Yerry Mina’s header in stoppage-time to take it on penalty. Three lions were better prepared for the ultimate job as they carried out their nations into quarterfinals with 4-3 victory on penalties.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018’s Golden Boot front-runner Harry Kane added another goal to his name from the spot when Carlos Sanchez brought him down in 57th minute of the game. He equals Gary Linekar’s haul of 1986 with six goals in his bags and looked settle to carry England into the quarter-finals, but there was a twist in tail.

Yerry Mina, Colombia’s leading goal scorer of the tournament despite being a central-defender, once again brought fight back in his team. He equalized for Los Cafeteros in stoppage-time and took the game into extra-time.

Both sides rarely created goal opportunity chances in extra-time and it headed to penalties. It seems both side have come prepared for penalties as well. Radamel Falcao started for Colombia, then Harry Kane took the penalty for England. Both captains duly converted their penalties to give their nation hope.

Juan Cuadrado takes the second penalty for Colombia and give Los Cafeteros lead again. Then Rashford made it 2-2 with his perfectly taken penalty for England. Luis Muriel made it 3-2 for Colombia again, before Jordon Henderson was denied by David Ospina.

Colombia sensed a opportunity there, but Uribe failed to hold his nerve and wasted the opportunity hitting crossbar. It was England’s time to restore the game back on equal term and Kieran Trippier calmly slotted the ball into top corner leaving no chance for Ospina.

It was all square again. Carlos Bacca had the responsibility to lead Colombia back, but England’s inexperienced goalkeeper Jordon Pickford made a great save from AC Milan man giving his nation hope again. The burden to carry the nation was restored on Eric Dier’s shoulders and Tottenham Hotspur man kept his calm to slot in bottom right corner.

England won their first knockout game in last 12 years. Three Lions will play their quarter-final game against Sweden who earlier defeated Switzerland 1-0 to book their place in last eight.


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