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England Make History, Oust Colombia On Penalties

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England are into the quarter finals after they beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties, at the end of a pulsating encounter.

Kane’s penalty had given England the lead in the second half of a tense affair before Mina headed in Cuadrado’s corner in injury time to send the tie to extra time.

Both sides had their share of play in extra time but couldn’t find a winner. England looked set for another penalty elimination as Henderson’s spot kick was saved, but Uribe hit the crossbar and Pickford kept out Bacca’s effort to swing the shootout back in England’s favour.

Dier then stepped out to score the decisive penalty to set up a clash with Sweden on saturday.

In the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson’s poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions.

And the substitute kept his nerve, Dier drilling home his spot-kick even though Ospina dived the right way, with England now set to take on Sweden on Saturday in Samara.

The South Americans were without James Rodriguez due to injury and could have had Wilmar Barrios sent off in the first half when he appeared to aim a headbutt into Henderson’s chest and chin.




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