ENGLAND has finally broken its World Cup penalty shootout curse, defeating Colombia in a nail-biting battle in Russia on Wednesday morning (AEST).
England looked to have the match in the bag with just minutes remaining, thanks to yet another goal off the boot of superstar Harry Kane.
His 57th-minute penalty marked his sixth goal of the tournament.
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England carried the 1-nil lead right through to stoppage time before Colombia’s Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the third minute.
Despite an extra 30 minutes of playing time, both sides failed to find the back of the net, forcing the match into a penalty shootout.
England has had a horror run of penalties on soccer’s biggest stage, never before winning a match in a shootout.
But finally, they prevailed when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Eric Dier to win the game for England.
It’s the first time England has reached the quarter-finals in 12 years.
“It was a nervous one,” Dier said.
“I’ve never really been in a situation like that before.”
England will next play Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday in Samara after they beat Switzerland 1-nil earlier.
ENGLAND HAVE WON A PENALTY SHOOT-OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WORLD CUP HISTORY!
— SBS – The World Game (@TheWorldGame) July 3, 2018