England finally overcame their penalty jinx beating Colombia 4-3 in a dramatic shoot-out.
Jordan Pickford saved to give the unflappable Eric Dier the opportunity to win the match for England. After decades of disappointment, the Tottenham star stroked the ball home to put his team into the quarter final on Saturday against Sweden.
Only Jordan Henderson of England’s penalty takers had his shot saved. Harry Kane, Kieren Trippier, and Marcus Rashford all scored with aplomb.
England’s hearts were almost broken in the final minute of the 5 minutes of overtime at the end of the 90 minutes.
Jordan Pickford’s fingertip save moments earlier was forgotten when Colombia scored from the subsequent corner.
And England’s nightmare was a reality once again. The penalty voodoo that cost them dear in the 1990 World Cup semi-final against Germany, Euro 96, again versus Germany, against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup and the 2004 Euros against Portugal, was back to haunt them again.
The question was, could they shake off the hex? The answer was an emphatic YES!
On to Sweden on Saturday and the opportunity to go further in the tournament than anyone had ever dared dream
It was a bad tempered game with the Colombians trying every trick in the book to unsettle England, who looked steady right until the final seconds.
Harry Kane scored his third penalty of the tournament at the beginning of the first half after being hauled down in the box. Ice cool as ever, he waited for Colombian keeper David Ospina to commit himself and then banged it through the middle.
The winner goes on to meet Sweden, who beat Switzerland earlier in the day, in the quarter final.