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Full-time: Colombia 1-1 England (3-4 on pens – Dier seals shoot-out glory for Three Lions

Jordan Pickford saved brilliantly from Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier stepped up to send England into the quarter-finals of the World Cup

Full-time: Colombia 1-1 England (3-4 on pens – Dier seals shoot-out glory for Three Lions

Jordan Pickford saved brilliantly from Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier stepped up to send England into the quarter-finals of the World Cup

03 July 2018 Tuesday 20:57
Full-time: Colombia 1-1 England (3-4 on pens – Dier seals shoot-out glory for Three Lions

Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick as England won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time, edging past Colombia 4-3 to set up a quarter-final against Sweden.

Harry Kane's sixth goal of the World Cup appeared enough to secure England's first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, the Three Lions captain scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez.

But Colombia took the last-16 tie into extra-time with a dramatic equaliser in the 93rd minute in Moscow on Tuesday, Yerry Mina climbing highest in the box to score a head in Juan Cuadrado's corner.

In the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson's poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions.

And the substitute kept his nerve, Dier drilling home his spot-kick even though Ospina dived the right way, with England now set to take on Sweden on Saturday in Samara.

The South Americans were without James Rodriguez due to injury and could have had Wilmar Barrios sent off in the first half when he appeared to aim a headbutt into Henderson's chest and chin.


Full-time: Colombia 1-1 England (3-4 on pens)

Pickford made two saves from the spot before Dier clinched victory


Dier steers a crisp low shot beyond Ospina and into the bottom corner. England have won a penalty shootout to reachWorld Cup quarter-finals. Colombia 3-4 England on pen


Pickford saves from Bacca! Colombia 3-3 England


Trippier guides a fine shot into the top corner. Colombia 3-3 England


Uribe hits the crossbar! Colombia 3-2 England


Henderson’s shot is saved low to the left by Ospina. Colombia 3-2 England


Muriel rolls it low into the far corner as Pickford slumps the other way. Colombia 3-2 England


Rashford deposits the ball perfectly into the bottom corner. Colombia 2-2 England


Cuadrado rifles it into the net. Colombia 2-1 England


Kane smashes it low into the bottom corner. Colombia 1-1 England


Falcao fires emphatically down the middle. Colombia 1-0 England

Southgate gathers the team in a huddle and says some choice words - “don’t do what I did in ‘96!”, perhaps - and everyone claps. Then both teams gather in the centre circle and prepare to make their fate.


Full-time: Colombia 1-1 England. Penalties to follow ...

This didn’t look remotely likely when there were only a few moments left in normal time. And yet, you always knew we were going to end up here, didn’t you?


ET 30 min: Colombia are clinging on...


ET 29 min: Rose sends in a freekick from wide on the left. Ospina makes a Superman dive to punch clear with one hand.


ET 28 min: Cuadrado booked for a wild tackle on Rose.


ET 26 min: England have found a second wind. Colombia are looking more cautious now. “Bogota just closed down its airport so that all stuff members can watch the end of the game!” claims Martin Somebody.


Colombia substitution: Zapata on, Arias off.


ET 24 min: Trippier goes long for Vardy, who picks it up in the right-hand channel and pings the cross into the near post. Rashford nearly gets on the end of it but it’s poked behind for a corner. And from the corner Dier has a free header eight yards out! And sends it two yards over the bar!


England substitution: Rashford on, Walker off.


ET 23 min: Henderson tips a nice pass through to Rose, sprinting into the left-hand side of the box between two defenders. Rose fires low towards the far corner ... and it whizzes inches wide!


ET 21 min: Walker is limping badly. He appears to be cramping up. Dier has dropped into central defence. Southgate surely needs to make another change.


ET 20 min: Mina, who, along with Davinson Sanchez, has been outstanding today, snuffs off an attack down the left by Vardy.


ET 19 min: Pickford sprints out of his box to welly the ball clear as Falcao tried to get on the end of a punt over the top.


ET 18 min: Lingard slips a pass through to Vardy, who shoots on the run from 15 yards. But Barrios makes a brilliant block.


ET 16 min: The ball breaks to Vardy on the edge of the Colombia box. He unleashes a crisp shot .. straight at the keeper! And he was offside anyway.


Half-time in extra-time: Colombia 1-1 England

If the second half of extra-times proceeds like the first, then England’s best hope will be to hang on for penalties. Yes, really. But if they can steady themselves and get back on to the front foot, there might be a winner here for them before that.


ET 15 + 1 min: Trippier jumos to the ground and gets a freekick.


ET 15 min: Mojica overhits a cross from the left. England need a break. They’re being overrun in midfield and even down the flanks. Southgate’s changes have not helped. Dier has made no impact and no one can find Vardy.


ET 14 min: Muriel feeds Mojica. Another fetching cross comes in from the left. Falcao gets to it first but pressure from Maguire is enough to make sure he can’t guide his header on target. But England are on the ropes ...


England substitution: Rose on, Young off. Young would probably have taken a penalty in a shootout but he was looking knackered and possibly hurt.


ET 13 min: Cuadrado delivers an outswinger. Mina and Sanchez jump for it together - both of them high above English defender - and the header flies over the bar.


ET 12 min: Corner to Colombia. They sense blood.


ET 10 min: England are looking a little ragged and have definitely become more passive. Colombia, without being sharp, are looking more dangerous than they have for most of the match.


ET 8 min: Colombia have the ball in the net ... about 20 seconds after the ref had blown his whistle. Those giddy Colombian are told to pipe down. “Where oh where is Peter Crouch,” sighs Lois Trevvett. “He could have headed that goalaway. And we need to deploy Loftus-Cheek, urgently.”


ET 6 min: Colombia have their danders up. Mojica lashes down the left and fires in a good low cross. Falcao tries to get a toe to it at the near post. Pickford dives on it to make a brave save.


ET 5 min: Stones does well to scramble the ball clear under pressure. “Although England have been the better team, the warning signs were there, with Walker giving the ball away cheaply and Colombiaupping the pressure slowly, but surely you have to think that England have to go for it in extra time - Vardy running at a tiring defence is probably their best way to regain the front foot....” reckons Lee Madden.


ET 3 min: Muriel raids down the left. Lingard hares back to make a good recovery tackle.


ET 2 min: Barrios and Young both go down in a heap after a 50/50 challenge on mid-way. Both were showing their studs but Young’s foot was higher - and the ref gives the freekick to England, much to the anger of the Colombian bench.


ET 1 min: Most of England’s players, remember, had nine days off before this. Here’s where their superior fitness should tell, right?


You know who’s loving this? Sweden, that’s who.


“If we go out now, I will never forgive Southgate for bringing on Dier and surrendering the momentum,” seethes Matt Loten. England had been losing the momentum before that, which is why he brought on Dier in the hope of gaining stability. Dier hasn’t managed to deliver that.


Full-time: Colombia 1-1 England. Extra-time to follow ...

England had their toes in the quarter-finals but couldn’t take the last step. They let the game run away from them and were sickened by a wonderful last-gasp Colombian attack. How will they react to that blow now? Colombia look buoyed. What a test this is for Southgate and his callow troops.

90+5 min: Mina spent a good two minutes celebrating and revving up the crowd, who need no extra encouragement. He’s now limping. Has he injured his groin while revelling? And does anyone have any idea how long is left here? The ref could add on another 10 minutes before extra-time with good cause.


GOAL! Colombia 1-1 England (Mina 90+3)

Mina scores with a towering header from a corner! He leapt above Maguire and headed down into the ground and the bounce took it above Tripper and in off the crossbar! Extra-time ahoy!


90+3 min: Uribe lets fly with a magnificent shot from over 25 yards. Pickford flings himself across goal and makes a superb finger-tip save.


90+1 min: Henderson is down and appealing for treatment. No one believes him after his theatrics in the first-half.


90 min: There will be at least five more minutes. That’s far too few in view of all the stoppages, I reckon.


89 min: Kane goes down in midfield and is given a freekick again. That’s the second time in two minutes and neither looked a foul. There’s been a haphazardness about the ref’s decisions/ But he hasn’t been helped by either team, with jabs and playacting agogo.


Colombia substitution: Muriel on, Quintero off.


England substitution: Vardy on, Sterling off. Good decision now that Colombia are pressing forward and England confided to counter-attacks.


86 min: England are dropping deep, just trying to hold on their lead. Falcao wriggles free to create space for a shot from 20 yards. But his low drive is easy pickings for Pickford.


85 min: Cuadrado hoists in a good cross from the right. Sanchez just fails to get a telling touch to it. It’s retrieved on the far side and delivered back into the danger zone. Falcao’s header misses the target as Henderson prevented him from making a clean connection.


84 min: England escape with a clear handball as Colombia try to build an attack outside their area.


83 min: Freekick to England mid-way inside the Colombia half and very central. Trippier clips it into the area. Maguire wins the header and nods high over the bar.


81 min: Walker makes an awful blunder, dawdling on the ball on half-way and allowing Bacca to nick it off him. Suddenly Colombia have a promising counter-attack. Bacca scurries forward and plays in Cuadrado, who blazes over from 18 yards! Terrible finish! And what a reprieve for Walker.


England substitution: Dier on, Alli off. Alli has been fortunate to last this long.


Colombia substitution: Uribe on, C Sanchez off.


77 min: Sterling leads a counter-attack, racing through the middle. Lingard sprints forward to offer him an option to this right. Sterling feeds him. Lingard goes down in the box under a tackle by Davinson Sanchez! But the ref rightly decides that there was no foul.


75 min: Cuadrado lofts over a hopefully cross. It’s easily headed clear by Walker. Colombia are putting on some pressure but their lack of a high-calibre final ball is plain. They are missing Rodriguez badly.


74 min: Freekick to England wide on the left. Young delivers an in-swinger. Kane strays offside.


71 min: A fine, patient move by England concludes with Lingard dashing into the box and trying to pick out Kane in the middle. But Davinson Sanchez makes another excellent intervention. Maguire heads over the bar from the resultant corner.


69 min: Lingard booked for a daft foul. Colombia, it must be stressed, have offered next to nothing as an attacking force. They’re only real hope of getting into this is by provoking a malfunction in the English team.


67 min: Young is down outside Colombian box. He’s receiving treatment after being caught by a legitimate challenge. If he’s hurt - and some England players have been happy to fake it - then it can only have been from the fall rather than the contact.


65 min: Bacca booked. I’m not sure what for because it’s hard to keep track of all the fouling and fake falls. There’s a fight a-brewing here ...


63 min: Trippier curls in a fine cross. Alli arrives late and heads over from a difficult angle. Colombia then surrounds the ref and demand Maguire be punished for diving in the box. They’ve got a strong case because Maguire went down for no good reason. But apparently, he saved himself by getting up quickly and telling the ref there was no infringement. Falcao gets booked for protests.


Colombia substitution: Bacca on, Lerma off. As for Kane’s six goals includes three penalties and an inadvertent deflection. Its not exactly a vintage collection of strikes. Not that he cares in the slightest.


59 min: Stones punished for a foul on Falcao. He then drags his foot across the top of the prostrate player’s head. I’m not sure whether there was contact and if it was deliberate but Falcao sure wants the ref to think there was and it was. The ref isn’t interested.


GOAL! Colombia 0-1 England (Kane pen 57)

Kane slaps the ball down the middle as Ospina dives to his right. He nervelessly scores his sixth goal of the World Cup and edges England close to the quarter-finals.


56 min: Henderson booked for walking among a throng of Colombians and throwing some shapes.


55 min: That really was a witless foul, committed right in front of the ref, who is not going to change his mind despite prolonged protests from Colombian players.


Penalty to England!

Carlos Sanchez booked for rugby-tackling Kane as a corner came in.


53 min: Young flights over another good delivery. Sanchez yet again makes a vital intervention, heading it away before it reached Maguire.


52 min: Arrias booked for jumping into Kane’s back rather than challenge properly for the ball. Freekick to England about 25 yards and to the left. Too far out for a shot, I’m saying, but a fine crossing opportunity.


49 min: It’s stodgy, much like England’s second half against Tunisia and even Panama.


47 min: A scrappy beginning to the second half. Southgate hasn’t found a way to fill the void in England’s central midfield so far.


46 min: The teams are back out. No Colombian tried to jostle an England player as they entered the field, so far as I could see.


Half-time: Colombia 0-0 England

England started brightly but lost their way a bit as Colombia fought their way back into it. Openings have been sparse and tempers are rising. A bit team-talk required here from both managers. Southgate might consider removing Alli, for starters. Also, there are about 200 messages in my inbox demanding that I stress how shameful/embarrassing/unsuccessful Henderson’s reaction to that head-touch by Barrios was.


45+2 min: Arrias gets a weak header to Sterling’s cross from the right. The ball bounces up invitingly to Lingard, dashing into the box. He leaps high to try to keep his shot down but manages only to slash it over the bar from 15 yards.


45 min: Arrias forages down the right and then pops the ball back in-field to Quintero, who digs out a reasonable shot from 20 yards, It bounces just in front of Pickford, who hold steadily.


44 min: Kane sends a shot miles wide from 20 yards. Then Mina hurls himself to the ground as if Sterling has struck him. Which, of course, he hasn’t. Rather it was Mina who held Sterling as Kane’s shot wobbled wide. The ref gives both players a telling-off and waves play on.


43 min: That little tete-a-tete with Barrios was perhaps Henderson’s most significant contribution to the game so far. He’s not been as influential as in previous games. Alli, too, has been peripheral.


41 min: The ref decides only to book Barrios. Lucky lad. Trippier eventually takes the freekick and curls it a yard wide of the near post.


40 min: Four English players try to interfere with the seven-man Colombian wall. Tempers rise! Henderson barges Barrios, who responds by gently nutting Henderson in the chest! Henderson goes down. And the ref is going to consult Var ...


35 min: Colombia pegs England back into their own half. Cuadrado and Quintero are nimble probers. But England hold firm. This game really is finely poised. Neither side has been able to find a telling final ball yet but both carry the latest threat


33 min: Quintero races on to a loose ball and tries his luck from 25 yards. He is luckless.


32 min: Cuadrado and Maguire shove each other after the defender shouldered the attacker away from the ball to let it run out of play for an English throw-in. Excellent aggression from both. On a side note, one thing this otherwise highly entertaining World Cup has lacked is a proper good old fashioned melee. But there’s an increasing amount of feistiness in this game ...


31 min: Sterling chases the ball into the right-hand channel and then shows skill and strength to dodge past Sanchez. He dashes in-field and has a shot, which is charged down by another defender. If it’s not one, it’s always another. They’ve defended valiantly so far.


29 min: Solid defending by Colombia. England popped the ball around looking for an opening but couldn’t find any.


27 min: Tripper delivers an out swinging corner. Mina leaps high to head clear. Mina and Sanchez have dealt well with the cross so far.


25 min: Young flights a long diagonal freekick towards Maguire at the backpost. Sanchez does well to head it behind for a corner.


24 min: More pressure from Colombia. It’s a tidy spell from them. Quintero tries to nip a sneaky pass into the box for Arias but just over-hits it a smidgin.


22 min: Colombia enjoy their best bit of play around the English box so far. Quintero probed a tad before bringing in Cuadrado, who had a bash from 25 yards. It deviated off Maguire towards Falcao, who tried to pounce on the breaking ball and get off a shot from 18 yards. But Stones closed him down quickly.


20 min: Trippier is a regular danger down the right. Sterling is looking menacing, too. England, in general, are full of pace and elusive movement.


18 min: Colombia put together a few passes. But then, unable to make any inroads, they go for a long ball towards Falcao. Pickford collects it without bother. “I’m watching this in my Rear Window-esque apartment in Paris,” brags Marcus Foley. “It’s the quietest match I’ve heard so far from the other 23 households here. It can only be because the French are terrified of meeting ‘Arry Kin and Trippee-ay in the final.”


16 min: Trippier hurtles down the right to collect a pass from Lingard and delvier a super cross towards the back post. Kane has to arc his back and strain his neck even to get a touch on it ... and he nearly direct it on to the target from a difficult angle. Instead it dropped on to the roof of the net.


15 min: Strong defending by England. Nine players funnelled back very quickly and shut down an opportunity as soon as it opened up. They remain far sharper than the Colombians.


13 min: Colombia cough up possession under pressure again. The loose ball is supplied to Sterling, who tries a first-time shot from 20 yards. It’s blocked by Sanchez.


12 min: Sterling - so strong on the ball - wins a freekick mid-way inside the Colombia half after Mina tries to piggbyback on him.


10 min: England are looking stronger and sharper than their opponents so far. Colombia are struggling to put together any meaningful moves. As soon as they make it into England’s half, they’re dispossessed. They just can’t match England’s intensity. At the moment.


9 min: Tripper takes a quick freekick, feeding Sterling, who tries to shoot first time. It’s charged down for another corner. The ref warns defenders against grabbing jerseys. Sanchez heads the corner clear.


7 min: Young spanks over a corner from the left. England players run in zig-zags, seemingly performing one of their rehearsed moves. But when the ball reaches the back post there is no one there, apart from Ospina, who catches it easily.


6 min: Young goes for goal with a right-footed curler. Ospina punches it clear.


4 min: Freekick to England in a dangerous crossing position on the left after Mina handles the ball following a foxy turn by Sterling. “Being the lone Englishman in my small Colombian town, I can tell you every single Colombian is convinced they’ll win this,” hollers Justin Kirkham. “Even my own kids, the traitorous little brats.” It’s coming home.


3 min: There’s an encouraging tempo to the early stages and both sides look bright and ambitious but both have been guilty of some hefty touches. Nerves, no doubt.


2 min: Colombia try to ease themselves into the game with careful passing around the back. As soon as they try to move forward England forces them into a hasty pass and they give the ball away.


1 min: Three, two, one ... we have kickoff! Colombia does the honours.


God Save the Queen gets enthusiastic backing, too, though not as loudly accompanied as the Colombian number. “I may have the fear,” admits Chris Lingwood. “Is it too soon to have the fear? Or, in fact, far too late?”


Wow! That has got to be the loudest that Colombia’s national anthem has ever been sung. In Moscow, at least. It would have lifted the roof of the stadium if there was one.


The teams stride on to the pitch and are greeted by humungous roars with a definite Colombian accent. English fans are far outnumbered in the stands. There 12th man is wearing yellow.


Southgate speaks

Regarding his team selection England’s manager tells ITV: “I thought the performance [against Tunisia] was really good. The types of runs the midfield players make, in particular, will be a real threat. We want to play in the style we have. We’ve played with a certain identity and we’ve got to keep doing that. Equally we’ve got to play with intelligence … think about counter-attacks and things like that. We have to be savvy and make good decisions ... We’ve talked about our style and managing the game. There might be 20,000+ Colombians in the stadium and we’ve got to ignore that and be tough and together.”


Teams

James Rodriguez hasn’t made it! That’s a serious blow to Colombiaor, from an alternative angle, a wonderful chance for Jefferson Lerma to make himself better known to English viewers: he may be pitching up at Bournemouth soon, as the south-coast club are reportedly keen on signing him from Levante. Meanwhile, Southgate has stayed faithful to the team that started this campaign, fielding the same 11 who started against Tunisia.

Colombia: Ospina; Arias, D Sanchez, Mina, Mojica; Barrios, C Sanchez, Lerma; Quintero, Falcao, Cuadrad

Subs: Zapata, Murillo, Bacca, Vargas, Muriel, Uribe, Diaz, Borja. Izquierdo, Aguilar, JF Cuadrado

England: Pickford; Walker Stones Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane,

Subs: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Alexander-Arnold, Rashford, Welbeck, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy

Referee: M Geiger (USA) 

Updated: 04.07.2018 12:36
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