Colombia 1-1 England: 5 things we learned

England are through to the quarter finals after a dramatic penalty shoot out in Moscow


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England are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Colombia on penalties on Tuesday evening. 

120 fiery minutes couldn’t separate these sides in Moscow as the tournament in Russia delivered yet another classic encounter. 

Harry Kane’s second-half penalty looked like sending his country through before a last-gasp header from Yerry Mina sent the tie hurtling into extra time. 

When Carlos Bacca’s spot kick was saved by Jordan Pickford, Eric Dier scored the goal that sent an entire nation wild. 

In a game that will have English fans believing, here are 5 things we learned.

  1. 1 Captain Kane Leads from the front


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    If England are reinvented under Gareth Southgate, then Harry Kane is at the vanguard. 

    The Tottenham striker is a certain source of goals but it is his composure and mentality that trickles through this impressively resolute side. 

    After being bundled over in the box by Carlos Sanchez, Kane was forced to wait for an interminable length of time before taking his spot kick. 

    Even Colombian attempts to scuff the marking couldn't derail him as the ball sailed confidently past David Ospina. 

    Kane was similarly composed in the shootout, rifling an effort into the bottom corner as he led the way for his country.

  2. 2 Sanchez tries to sink Colombia...again


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    Carlos Sanchez might have thought his World Cup couldn't get any worse. 

    The former Aston Villa man was chiefly responsible for a shock defeat to Japan in the group stage, having been needlessly sent off after five minutes. 

    In Moscow, he wrestled Kane to ground in full view of referee Mark Geiger, making the penalty decision a mere formality. 

    It displayed a criminal lack of maturity that should place his future in the starting eleven under severe doubt.

  3. 3 Brutal Barrios sums up lack of sportsmanship

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    The Geiger count was high for this fixture with the American referee forced into waving an array of yellow cards at both teams. 

    One of those cards, however, should have been a red. There was no excuse for Wilmar Barrios' headbutt on Jordan Henderson, even less so for the decision not to send the Boca Juniors man off for violent conduct. 

    It didn't affect the result in the end but it could have, and it summed up an approach from the South Americans that was unsavoury at best and unsportsmanlike at its worst.

  4. 4 Jordan Picks it out


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    Moments before the end of normal time, Jordan Pickford provided the save of the tournament. 

    Mateus Uribe's thronking volley looked for all the world to be heading into the top corner, only for the Everton man to snare every sinew into a jaw-dropping, eye-bulging save.

    It was in the penalty shoot-out, however, where Pickford provided his greatest moment, stretching his left arm out to stop Carlos Bacca. 

    That save allowed Eric Dier to exorcise a demon that has haunted English football for generations. Finally - finally - they have won a penalty shootout at the World Cup.

  5. 5 England MIGHT just do it


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    One of Croatia, Sweden, England and Russia will reach the World Cup final. 

    Increasingly, it looks as though Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will provide the only serious obstacle in the way of Gareth Southgate taking his country to Moscow on 14th July. 

    If any side has the capacity to blow it, it's this one: especially against a team as drilled and organised as the Swedes. 

    Still, England  might just bloody do it.

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