England played Colombia in the final match of round-of-16.
The Three Lions finally succeeded in shedding the curse around penalties as they beat Colombia to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup. After the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, England scored four out of five penalties as they made an incredible comeback after Henderson missed one early in the shootout.
With this win, England will now face Sweden in the quarterfinals, who beat Switzerland in their round-of-16 match.
The match was marred by rash challenges from the Colombian side, as they received six yellow cards in total for their fouls. Harry Kane opened the scoring in the first half when England were awarded a penalty for one such challenge. While the European side managed to hold them satisfactorily, Colombia refused to give up and scored in the final minute of stoppage to take the match to extra time.
English players looked exhausted, and even when they led a few attacks on the Colombian defence in the final fifteen minutes, they were unable to penetrate through the defensive line.
In the penalty shoot-out, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier scored their penalties as England kept their hopes alive in the World Cup.
Here are some of the tweets from the match:
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) July 3, 2018
Christ, it’s hard work watching England at World Cups. So much easier to play in the darn things.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 3, 2018
— Mr. Gitz (@iGitz_) July 3, 2018
The clip of Harry Maguire demanding the referee looks at VAR should be in a museum. #ENGCOL
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 3, 2018
The floor is Yerry Mina pic.twitter.com/7onelWPyEc
— venus (@venusoncrack) July 3, 2018
Seriously guys, stop with the Yerry Mina and Sergio Ramos comparisons, it’s embarrassing.
Sergio Ramos never scored thrice in a single World Cup.
— Barça (@Stevecaresx) July 3, 2018
Please NO penalties
— Charlotte Edwards (@C_Edwards23) July 3, 2018
England’s 5 penalty takers pic.twitter.com/irK1F5VUSI
— azy (@azymanzur) July 3, 2018
If England drop any deeper they’ll end up in China
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) July 3, 2018
Eric Dier has completely changed the game for England since coming on.
In the sense they’ve lost all control of it.
— Coral (@Coral) July 3, 2018
ENGLAND COLONIZED HALF THE WORLD AND STILL LOOKIN SHOOK
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) July 3, 2018
Is it just our house or is every house in England full of people walking in and out of the living room with hands on hips, muttering and sighing? #ENGCOL
— Katie (@keccks) July 3, 2018
Colombia are gonna be able to make an entire yellow shirt out of all the yellow cards they’ve got tonight
— Becca (@BeccaTullett) July 3, 2018
I’m 90% sure Colombia is playing the game ‘How many Yellow Cards can we get?’ And they’re doing well!
— Craig/Mini Ladd (@MiniLaddd) July 3, 2018
— An Mac Grioghair Ruadh (@macgreeg) July 3, 2018
Eric Dier is that far behind the speed of the game he’s running around in a fucking Umbro kit telling the referee not to send Beckham off for booting Simeone
— Ant Campbell (@acampbell68) July 3, 2018
Get in boys!!!!
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 3, 2018