Another penalty shootout in the round of sixteen, and this time, England managed to sneak a win against Colombia.
Colombia vs England – Key events:
Colombia XI (4-3-3): David Ospina; Santiago Arias (Christian Zapata, 116′), Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez (Mateus Uribe, 79′), Jefferson Lerma (Carlos Bacca, 61′); Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao, Juan Quintero (Luis Muriel, 88′).
England XI (3-1-4-2): Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker (Marcus Rashford, 115′), John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli (Eric Dier, 81′), Ashley Young (Danny Rose, 104′); Raheem Sterling (Jamie Vardy, 88′), Harry Kane.
Goal: Kane (P, 57′), Mina (90’+3′).
Yellow card: Barrios (41′), Arias (53′), Sanchez (54′), Henderson (56′), Falcao (63′), Bacca (64′), Lingard (69′), Cuadrado (118′).
The South Americans were dealt a blow before the match as their main man James Rodriguez could not take any part in this extravaganza. With that advantage, England started in a great fashion. They were the better side in the first half-hour and created many chances, albeit none of them ended in sheer happiness for them. The last part of the half saw a despicable incident from Colombia. Barrios was at fault of doing a headbutt on Henderson and he was lucky to escape with a yellow. Eventually, it was 0-0 at the break, atArena.
It was a very physical affair in the beginning of the second half. The referee had to show as many as three yellow cards within first ten minutes, and a penalty was also awarded in favour of England. Kane made no mistake to convert that spotkick and the skipper put his team 1-0 up at the 57th minute. On the other hand, Colombia lacked the skills and intent to find the target, and they preferred to play ugly instead.
However, drama was yet to unfold until the stoppage time. As the final moment was knocking at the door, Colombia got a corner, and Cuadrado’s kick found the rising figure of Mina who nodded it beautifully into the goal. It was 1-1 and the match went to extra time.
Eventually, after an action-packed thirty minutes, it was time for shootout. And there, Colombia faltered. They had an edge after Henderson saw his shot stopped by Ospina. But, Uribe failed to take that advantage and hit the crossbar. Next, Bacca’s shot was saved by Pickford while Trippier made no mistake. In the end, Dier’s calm and composed kick ensured a win for the Three Lions. They will face Sweden in the last quarter final.