MOSCOW: England booked the last quarter final berth in the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday after edging out Colombia 4-3 on penalties at Spartak arena following their dramatic 1-1 draw of the closing match of the Last 16 stage.
After a cagey first half that featured few chances, England took the lead through a second-half penalty from Harry Kane, after he was wrestled to the ground by Tottenham Hotspurs teammate Davinson Sanchez.
Gareth Southgate's team looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Yerry Mina equalised with a 93rd-minute header as the Colombian defender scored for the third game in a row.
Neither team could find an advantage in extra-time leading the match into a nailbiting penalty shootout. Following five successful penalties, Colombian keeper David Ospina saved Jordan Henderson's take, piling the pressure on the English.
However, it was a Colombian who failed to hold his nerve as Uribe crashed his penalty against the crossbar. Kieran Trippier then converted from 12 yards before Carlos Bacca's effort was saved by Jordan Pickford. Eric Dier stepped up for the decisive penalty, which he converted to win England its first penalty shootout in World Cup history.
England will now face Sweden in the quarterfinals on July 7.
TASS news agency reported that the knockout stage match was played in a mostly cloudy weather amid temperatures of about 20 degrees Centigrade. However, the Spartak Arena enjoyed an almost full house attendance with a registered number of 44,190 spectators attending the game. (With inputs from agencies)
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