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Decisive penalty makes up for my awful miss: Dier


By Rory Dollard

Eric Dier says that he owed his England team-mates his winning penalty after he missed a great chance to win in the 115th minute when he headed over after being left unmarked in the area.

Harry Kane scored from the spot in the 56th minute but England were denied in the third minute of added time when Yerry Mina equalised from a corner.

Kane and Marcus Rashford scored their penalties before Jordan Henderson saw his effort saved. Mateus Uribe's effort for Colombia cannoned off the bar and Kieran Trippier levelled. Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca's effort to set up Dier for England's first ever World Cup penalty shootout win.

"I felt like I had to score after that header I missed at the end. I'm thankful I scored that," said Dier. "I've never really been in that situation before.

"To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in added time, it's difficult to come back from that but we were ready for that.

"We knew what we had to do - we stuck to our plan, we never panicked all the way through extra-time and we knew if it had to go to penalties then it had to go to penalties, and we were ready for that happening."

Pickford saved Bacca's penalty to give Dier the chance to put England in the quarter-final, and the Tottenham midfielder was full of praise for his 'fantastic' goalkeeper.

"Incredible. He's a fantastic goalkeeper, fantastic attitude and he deserves everything. He was fantastic in the penalty shootout, he's big in goal, he's been brilliant in training and he's taken it into the game," he said.

Pickford says that he was well prepared after researching the opposition.

"I did a lot of research on them. (Radamel) Falcao is the only one who didn't go his way," Pickford said.

"I just set my way and went with power. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper but I've got the power and agility to help get around the goal and I'm very good at it."

Tripper, meanwhile, revealed the secret behind England's dramatic penalty shootout success - "practice and practice and practice".

"I thought we played really well in the first half and for their goal, it was a mistake by myself," Trippier said. "I was gutted.

"Every session of training, when we are fatigued at the end, we practice. And we have scored some great ones in training. We practised and practised and it paid off."

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