England fans all over the country are rejoicing after England won their first penalty shoot-out since 1996 to overcome Colombia, and booked their place in the World Cup Quarter-finals for the first time since 2006
Harry Kane was first up, Jordan Henderson saw his effort saved, while Trippier brought the scoring level after Uribe’s attempt hit the crossbar. Jordan Pickford, the unsung hero of the night, saved Bacca’s penalty, and Eric Dier scored the winning kick. Marcus Rashford also put away his penalty.
England initially led through a 57th minute penalty taken by Harry Kane, which was cancelled out after Milma scored an injury time equaliser.
Jordan Pickford produced a fine save during the game, and the 24-year-old proved his doubters wrong by holding his nerve during the shoot-out. After the game, he said he “did his research”.
He said: “I did all my research. I’ve got power and agility. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save and I was.
“It’s all about the set position and I got a hand to it. We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning.”
Manager Gareth Southgate said England “have created their own history” and hailed his players after their penalty shoot-out victory.
“For the belief of this group of players, and groups of players to come, it was a really important moment,” Southgate said. “Not just winning the shootout but having to suffer at the end of the game in a stadium that was five to one Colombian fans and felt like an away fixture. To come through all of that – we’ve spoken to the players about writing their own stories. Tonight they showed they don’t have to conform to what’s gone before. They have created their own history, and I don’t want to go home yet.”
Southgate suggested the post match dressing room had resembled “a scene from M*A*S*H” with Kyle Walker, Ashley Young and Jamie Vardy all nursing injuries, and Harry Kane suffering from cramp. They will be assessed back in Repino on Thursday as preparations begin for the quarter final.
After scoring two penalties in the game, Harry Kane said this England side is full of confidence. “We’ve ticked a lot of boxes here so far. Can we qualify through the group? Yes, we did that quite comfortably. Then can we win a knockout game? Can we win a shootout? This will give us more belief than ever, and the fans more belief than ever back home. We’re enjoying it, they’re enjoying it. We’re just looking forward to the next one.”
England’s attention now turns to Saturday’s quarter final showdown against Sweden. Sweden scraped past Switzerland on Thursday afternoon, after Forsberg’s deflected goal was the difference between the two sides.
England V Sweden kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 7th July and will be shown live on BBC one and ITV – as well as every pub in the country.
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