England fans went crazy over the penalty shootout win against Colombia

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It always goes to penalties.

"Onward and upwards. I'll stick my neck out and go 3-1 England". 1996. 1998. 2004. 2006. Hopefully it will give belief to the generations of players that follow.

Fast forward 12 years and, although this wasn't quite as straightforward, England have now put an end to an unwanted record.

Southgate admitted the gruelling nature of the match had taken its toll on his players, with Colombia shown six yellow cards.

After four minutes of mayhem as the Colombians protested, Kane kept his cool and smashed in his third spot kick of Russian Federation 2018. "We've grown up a lot out there on that pitch tonight".

Maradona felt Geiger should have penalised Harry Kane for a foul on Colombia's Carlos Sanchez instead of awarding the penalty that allowed the England captain to open the scoring just before the hour mark in Moscow.

David Ospina dived superbly to his left to repel Jordan Henderson's third penalty for England, but Manuel Uribe hit the crossbar before Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca. "I apologise to all the Colombian people, but they must know the players are not to blame".

That wasn't the case this time though and, as practically all of Twitter is pointing out on Tuesday night, football might indeed be coming home. Dier peeled off to his right, eventually collapsing under a pile of teammates. Now back to full form and fitness, the Colombian skipper is a very unsafe player and one that certainly Gareth Southgate must have spoken about at length in his team meetings. "Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them".

England face Sweden in the last eight in Samara on Saturday.

Until they equalised in the 93rd minute, Colombia's main tactic for this game appeared to focus upon turning it into a negative, cynical battle for a place in the quarterfinals. Colombia's star player and the Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup James Rodriguez, was kept on the bench throughout the match due to an injury.

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England kicked Colombia out of the 2018 World Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout - and Diego Maradona, who was supporting Colombia- is outraged.

After exiting the 2014 World Cup without winning a game in the group stage, the squad has been remodeled with a youthful, more street-wise mentality by Southgate at his first major tournament as coach. Before, and after, were those half-dozen penalty shootouts, and those half-dozen England defeats.

Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup but his pace could cause problems for Sweden.

England are 8/15 favourites to progress to the quarter-final. "That needed a bit of a review as the players were being substituted". England will face Sweden in the quarterfinals on July 7 in Samara and the victor of that match will face either Russian Federation or Croatia on July 11.

It took a late header from Yerry Mina to pull Colombia level and send the tie into extra-time, and Monaco star Falcao was confident of his side getting through to the quarter-finals of the competition. The victor there gets the Russia-Croatia survivor. "That has not been good for us, and hurt us a lot", said Colombian coach Jose Pekerman at a post-match press conference.

England manager Gareth Southgate has been highly praised for consoling Colombia's Mateus Uribe moments after his crucial missed penalty in England's shootout success at the Fifa World Cup.

"It showed the togetherness and character".

"Every game's a tough game but if there ever was a chance for us to progress it's now", he said. "If anything, we should feel freer". It bounced down and over the head of the England defender, giving Colombia an improbable lead and justifiably deflating England. The first match I ever watched was the 66 final but I was eight and can not remember much about it.

"These are the games you want to be involved in", he said of the knockouts, his voice betraying just a micron of emotion.

It may only get better in Russian Federation if the English players continue to distance themselves from their country's dark soccer past.

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