England were taken to extra-time by a late Yerry Mina goal, but triumphed in the penalty shoot-out.
Colombia really did not look like they had the quality to score on the night, and England were sailing through to the quarter final.
But Colombian prayers were answered in injury time when, completely against the run of play, the men in yellow won their only corner of the game, the cross from which center back Yerri Mina headed home – his third of the tournament and Colombia’s fourth goal from a set piece out of six goals in total.
The referee blew it up soon after and England could not believe they hadn’t done enough.
Extra time and penalties
With Colombia elated, and England deflated, the momentum of the game swung in the favour of the South American side, and they controlled the first half of extra time much in the same way England had for the first 90 minutes.
But they couldn’t make their chances count. England found themselves in control again in the second half of extra time and came close on several occasions. However, they couldn’t break the deadlock and so the game would be decided on a dreaded penalty shootout.
The first five penalty takers all found the net, and with the penalty count at 3-2 in favor of the South Americans, Henderson came to try to square it up, but his effort was saved by Ospina. It was looking like England would suffer their usual fate in penalty shootouts.
But Pickford saved the day and the shot of Uribe, giving England another chance to square it up, which they did thanks to Trippier’s well taken spot kick – 3-3 with one more penalty each. Bacca went first for Colombia and Pickford saved again – advantage England.
Eric Dier stepped up after that and drove his spot kick home to give England a 4-3 win on penalties, and their first penalty shootout victory at a World Cup.Colombia, who clearly missed the injured James Rodrigues, go home.A relieved England roll on with their World Cup dreams still alive.