England overcome penalty shootout hoodoo to beat Colombia

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Pickford saved superbly from Carlos Bacca to allow Eric Dier to score the winning spot-kick, earning the Three Lions a 4-3 success after a 1-1 draw against Colombia on Monday.

Harry Kane's second-half spot-kick looked to have been enough to seal a place in the last eight, but Yerry Mina's 93rd-minute equaliser forced extra-time and the dreaded shoot-out.

England is favored to win their first Round of 16 game since 2006, but Ramadel Falcao and Colombia will provide the Three Lions their first real test of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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. When the fifth, and potentially decisive, England penalty fell to a player who has had to endure much of this tournament on the bench.

Lingard, whose long-range goal in England's 6-1 win over Panama has been one of the highlights of the team's performances, says he is enjoying his role as part of a trio operating behind striker and captain Harry Kane.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route.

"No. Obviously we are going to have to play the big teams sooner rather than later, and if you want to be the best team in the world, you've got to beat the big teams".

Defeat to Belgium in their third group game on Thursday may not prove costly for England, as it means they arguably have a more straightforward route to the semi-finals. The first five found the net before Henderson was denied by a fine save by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

Despite his team collecting six yellow cards to England's two, coach Jose Pekerman felt Colombia had been on the wrong side of American referee Mark Geiger's decisions. "Prediction: Colombia 0 England 2". It was their first ever World Cup win via penalty shootout.

Shortly after the restart Sanchez was then all over Kane which led to the penalty.

"On the pitch you learn about them as well to get a rough idea of how they play - what are their qualities, what are their weaknesses".

Expected Crowd Turnout: With its last hosting in this FIFA World Cup 208, Spartak Stadium is expected to be a jam-packed affair, as Colombia meet England, with a total crowd attendance of 44,800.

However, Uribe's attempt hit the crossbar and Kieran Trippier levelled, then Pickford produced a super one-handed save to deny Bacca, before Dier fired home the victor.

If they make it past Sweden and into the semifinals, then assume Croatia will be England's most likely opposition.

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