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England beat Colombia via penalty; reach last 8

England beat Colombia via penalty; reach last 8
Jordan Pickford saves Colombia’s fifth penalty from Carlos Bacca to put England in quarterfinals.
Moscow, Jul 4 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/5/2018 12:19:43 AM IST
England survived a penalty shootout for the first time in their FIFA World Cup history as they overcame a combative Colombian team with a 4-3 (1-1) victory on penalties here on Tuesday to set-up a quarter-final against Sweden.
Harry Kane marked his sixth goal of the tournament as he converted a penalty to give England the lead in the 57th minute but Colombia bagged their equaliser in the third minute of the injury time when Yerry Mina headed into the net from a corner, taking the game to extra time.
With no goal scored in the extra time, the match was decided via penalty shootout, where England prevailed, with Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe failing to convert for Colombia. Jordan Hendersen missed out for England but Kane, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier one after other.
The win takes England to the last eight stage for the first time in 12 years and for a place in the semi-finals after a gap of 28 years, they will battle Sweden, who beat Switzerland earlier in the day.
England launched fast attacks and created a few threats through some early set pieces which were largely blocked by the Colombian side. 
The first real chance for England came in the 16th minute, when captain Kane, receiving a Kieran Trippier cross from the right, strained his neck to head towards a half-empty net, but the ball went over the bar.
In the 39th minute, Kane was brought down and England was awarded a free kick, but Trippier kicked the ball wide.
Meanwhile, Colombia’s attempts to launch counter attacks were also in vain in front of England’s defense, though having come out unscathed from early pressure exerted by the Europeans, they had their time of ball possession.
In the injury time, Colombia made a threat with a Juan Quintero shot, but the ball bounced and keeper Jordan Pickford of England held it fast.
Nine minutes into the second half, Carlos Sanchez fouled Kane inside the box while defending a corner, leading to a penalty. Kane stepped up and shot down the middle as Ospina dived to his right, failing to block the penalty.
Colombia made couple of attacking substitutions and pressed high and sensed a perfect opportunity when Carlos Bacca snatched a ball away from Walker near the half-way line on the left and passed it to Cudrado on the right-hand side. The latter blazed the ball outside the right bar from 18 yards.
The 30 minutes of extra time saw both teams dropping their intensity and involving with some heated arguments –which were also seen in the first 90 minutes. 
As the 30 minutes of extra time yielded no goal, penalty shootout began. Radamel Falco, Cuadrado and Luis Muriel scored the first three attempts for Colombia, while England’s third attmept, from Hendersen was saved by Ospina, giving the South Americans a 3-2 lead.
Uribe was denied by the cross-bar, while Trippier levelled 3-3 for England. Bacca had his spot-kick saved by Pickford, while Dier converted England’s fifth attempt to give his side a 4-3 win.



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