Britain beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after Eric Dier scored the decisive area kick to send them through to a World Glass quarter-final against Sweden.
Britain had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Dier to earn the game for Britain.
It was the first time Colombia had been associated with a World Cup shootout and they also took first blood when Jordan Henderson missed his spot kick – nevertheless for once fortune smiled on England.
Earlier, Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his 6th goal of the tournament, and England looked to be through until Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the 3rd moment of stoppage time.
Colombia’s hopes suffered a huge setback before kickoff when key playmaker James Rodriguez was ruled out with a calf injury and without him they took a defensive approach and never rarely threatened.
Typically the South Americans had recently been getting away with blatant having and wrestling at each of England’s many edges and the referee’s persistence finally snapped when Carlos Sanchez hauled down competition leading scorer Kane once too often.
After four minutes of mayhem as the Colombians protested, Sl?de kept his cool and smashed in his 3 rd spot kick of The ussr 2018.
When Juan Cuadrado blazed horribly over the bar with the goal gaping 5 minutes from time with Colombia’s first chance of the match it looked all over for them but there was a fiery sting in the tail of normal time.
England keeper Jordan Pickford made a superb save to touch wide a furious long shot by Uribe but from the following corner – Colombia’s first of the match – giant defender Ganga rose highest to brain in the equaliser and send the massed Colombian fans into a madness.
England substitute Dier overlooked the best chance of the extra period if he headed over the pub but he made up for it in emphatic fashion with the earning penalty in the shootout.
It was England’s first win in a knockout game since 2006 and earns them a quarter-final with Sweden, who were definately not impressive in defeating Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.