England booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after beating Colombia on penalties in Moscow.
The victory, coming after the game ended in a 1-1 draw, saw England secure their first-ever World Cup shoot-out victory.
Gareth Southgate’s side impressed from the start, with Colombia too often reverting to shithousing over constructive football.
Indeed, Wilmar Barrios was rather fortunate to receive just a yellow card for a sneaky headbutt on Jordan Henderson.
Colombia’s coaching staff weren’t too friendly either…
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Although Harry Maguire was lucky to get away with a pretty feeble dive…
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England would eventually take the lead just before the hour-mark, with Harry Kane converting yet another spot-kick after he had been rugby-tackled in the box by Carlos Sanchez.
Colombia started to improve as the game wore on, although as the clock ran down, it looked as though the Three Lions were going to win it.
Then, at the death, and with ‘keeper David Ospina up for a corner, Barcelona defender Yerry Mina headed home to send the game into extra-time.
The South Americans looked re-energised by that late equaliser in the subsequent 30 minutes, although subs Danny Rose and Eric Dier both had chances to win it for England.
However, the game would go to penalties as Southgate looked to exorcise his Euro ’96 demons via his young squad.
Radamel Falcao scored first before Kane converted his penalty.
Juan Cuadrado and then Marcus Rashford then made it 2-2, before Luis Muriel put Colombia ahead.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson then saw his spot-kick saved by Ospina as England faced another shoot-out heartache.
However, Mateus Uribe smashed his effort off the crossbar before Kieran Trippier netted his to make it 3-3.
It was then left to Jordan Pickford to conjure up a glorious save to foil Carlos Bacca, before Dier, who had been poor in his cameo role, to stay cool to fire home to win it 4-3 for England.
England, after all that drama, now face Sweden in the quarter-finals, as their incredible Russian adventure goes on.
As for Colombia, the didn’t really cover themselves in glory on the night, but will no doubt need some time to get over their dramatic exit.