England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after an intense, physical 1-1 draw. Eric Dier was the hero after Jordan Pickford made a showstopping save from Carlos Bacca.
Yerry Mina got an injury-time equalizer for the South Americans after Harry Kane opened the scoring.
The opening exchanges resembled a boxing match with two fighter sizing eachother up. Harry Kane went the closest when he headed over a Kieran Trippier cross from an acute angle.
Juan Fernando Quintero shot straight at Jordan Pickford from distance and Jesse Lingard volleyed over right on half-time.
The game became heated, and England were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute after Carlos Sanchez fouled Kane in the area. The tournament’s top scorer dusted himself down to score from the spot.
Just as the game was petering out, the unthinkable happened. After a 10 minute onslaught of Colombian pressure, they finally made it count when Yerry Mina rose highest to head home his third goal of the tournament.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2018
Falcao headed a Johan Mojica cross wide and both Danny Rose and Eric Dier came close in extra-time, but we were headed for the dreaded penalties.
Kane and Rashford scored theirs and so did Falcao, Cuadrado and Muriel. Then Jordan Henderson saw his effort saved, but Mateus Uribe hit the bar for Colombia before Pickford stopped Bacca’s with a sensational stop. Trippier scored and it was down to Tottenham’s Eric Dier to win it for England, and he did just that, scoring in style.
— England (@England) July 3, 2018
England will now face Sweden in Samara on Saturday for a place in the Semi-final.