England won a World Cup penalty shootout out of the blue on a night of high drama in Moscow, conquering Colombia to anchor a quarter-last meeting with Sweden.
In the midst of a fevered air inside Spartak Stadium, Eric Dier scored the kick after Jordan Pickford’s splendid spare from Carlos Bacca.
England’s celebrated win sets up a gathering with Sweden in Samara on Saturday, a diversion that can be seen live over the BBC.
Manager Gareth Southgate celebrated with his staff while his players mobbed the legends Pickford and Dier after their first win at the knockout phase of significant competition since 2006.
Southgate’s side hoped to have developed sound from a poorly restrained match civility of Harry Kane’s punishment, just for Colombia’s Yerry Mina to balance in the end seconds of stoppage time to send the massed positions of Colombia fans wild.
The additional 30 minutes couldn’t separate the sides and prompted a nerve-destroying finale that has so frequently been England’s demise, with a troubling record of only one win in seven shootouts at significant competitions previously this.
England hoped to be set for more misery when Jordan Henderson’s punishment was spared by David Ospina yet Mateus Uribe crushed the accompanying kick on to the crossbar to prepare for Pickford and Dier to be England’s rescuers.
No previous title holders remain amongst England and the last. The victors of their quarter-last will confront either Croatia or hosts Russia for a place in the Moscow show-stopper on 15 July.
England’s survived a trial of the nerve that will demonstrate significant as they drive further into this World Cup following a night of commotion, shading and antagonistic vibe in Moscow.
Southgate’s side pushed off the billows of fear that have come over England in punishment shootouts previously, a mental lift that may yet enable them to sometime later.
Southgate’s one-co-ordinate at once mantra has been intended to hold desires in line as his side have been given their best open door at a World Cup since they achieved the semi-finals of Italia 90.
In the event that he was tuning in to the England fans who assembled and sang constant late into the Moscow night behind the objective in the Spartak Stadium, it might have occurred to him that keeping a top on desires is probably going to be a losing fight.