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Story of the match: England end shootout hoodoo with win over Colombia

By July 3, 2018No Comments

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford helped England end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow.

Captain Harry Kane had given England the lead from the spot just before the hour, only for Colombia to snatch a dramatic equaliser when defender Yerry Mina headed in during stoppage-time.

With neither country able to conjure a winner in extra-time, it went to the lottery of spot-kicks. Jordan Henderson’s penalty was saved, only for Mateus Uribe’s effort to rattle the crossbar and Pickford to then deny Carlos Bacca.

Eric Dier kept his composure in the Spartak Stadium cauldron, propelling Gareth Southgate’s side to a famous victory, winning the shootout 4-3.

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Moment of the match

Just when England thought they had done enough to edge into the quarter-finals, with 90 minutes up, Colombia defender Yerry Mina headed in a dramatic equaliser to send the match to extra-time.

England star man – Harry Kane

Apart from being able to keep his head while all around him were losing theirs to convert a second-half penalty, and converting again from the spot with pressure on in the shootout, Kane fronted the England attack with his usual robustness – which was tested to the limit by Colombia’s physical approach.

Stat Attack

Kane took his tally at the 2018 World Cup to six goals, which puts the England forward two clear of Belgian frontman Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot. It was the Tottenham man’s 12th goal as captain, in his eighth game with the armband as England ended their record of six penalty shootout defeats in seven at major tournaments.

Player ratings

England: Jordan Pickford 8 (out of 10), Kyle Walker 7, John Stones 7, Harry Maguire 7, Kieran Trippier 8, Dele Alli 6, Jordan Henderson 6, Jesse Lingard 6, Ashley Young 6, Raheem Sterling 6, Harry Kane 8.

Subs: Eric Dier (for Alli, 80) 6, Jamie Vardy (for Sterling, 88) 7, Danny Rose (for Young, 102) 6, Marcus Rashford (for Walker, 113) 6.

Colombia: David Ospina 6 (out of 10), Santiago Arias 6, Yerry Mina
7, Davinson Sanchez 5, Johan Mojica 5, Wilmar Barrios 3, Carlos Sanchez 4, Jefferson Lerma 4, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado 7, Juan Quintero 5, Radamel Falcao 5.

Subs: Jefferson Lerma (for Bacca, 61) 5, Mateus Uribe (for Sanchez, 78) 5, Luis Muriel (for Quintero, 88) 5, Cristian Zapata (on for Arias, 116) 5,

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