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England end World Cup penalty hoodoo with shoot-out win over Colombia

England end World Cup penalty hoodoo with shoot-out win over Colombia

England's Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard says Gareth Southgate has brought about a revolution with the national team and vows they won't change their positive approach for Wednesday's last-16 clash with Colombia.

England had looked set to be going through with few dramas when tournament leading scorer Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal at the finals, only for Yerry Mina to head an equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time.

England beat Colombia in a dramatic penalty shootout here in the city on Tuesday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

After a goalless additional 30 minutes, Jordan Pickford crucially denied Carlos Bacca from the spot and Eric Dier fired the Three Lions into the last eight.

But, if Colombia are to have any chance of beating England and making it to the Quarter-Final, it will be up to Davinson Sanchez to utilise the information gained from Premier League football.

Colombia were dealt a huge blow before kick-off as James Rodriguez failed to shake off a calf injury, the Bayern Munich midfielder not even fit enough for a place on the bench.

James Rodriguez, Colombia's Golden Boot victor from the 2014 World Cup, continues to have issues with leg swelling and is questionable to play.

Following a cagey and largely uneventful first 45-minutes, the game sprung to life in the second half when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Colombia's Christian Sanchez had manhandled Harry Kane in the box.

And while Henderson might have been forgiven for spending his time thanking Dier for sparing him the kind of ignominy their manager Gareth Southgate once suffered for a spot-kick miss - he made time to console Colombia's star man Rodriguez. "We had a fair feeling - [Radamel] Falcao was the only one who didn't go the way we thought".

The Liverpool captain saw his attempt from 12 yards well saved by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

England were the better side without looking too unsafe but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.

It was their first shootout victory in World Cup history after defeats in 1990, 1998 and 2006.

Pickford has taken a bit of stick sometimes for the occasional error - although what goalie doesn't make them? - and the fact that he's not the biggest guy in the whole world.

Here are the key takeaways from the final match of the round of 16. But Colombia's Espina saved one fron England's Henderson, putting the side 3-2 up, before Uribe hit the crossbar, giving Trippier the chance to equalise, 3-3. At one stage, amid concerns over safety, it seemed many of them might not come.


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