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England progress to World Cup quarter-finals after Colombia penalty shoot-out win

England are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Colombia 4-3 on penalties in Moscow. The teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time.

Colombia forced the game to extra time with a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time in the second half after a Harry Kane spot kick gave Gareth Southgate's side the lead.

The first five penalties were all finely taken and successful, Kane and Rashford on target for England, but Henderson was first to err.

He struck cleanly but at a bad height and Ospina saved. Uribe hit the under side of the bar with the next attempt and Trippier buried his in response.

Pickford then produced a brilliant one-handed effort to deny Bacca leaving Dier to win it. The Tottenham man did so, squeezing it low past Ospina and sparking joyous celebrations.

Sweden now await in a mouth-watering Samara quarter-final on Saturday, which England approach buoyed by a display of character and coolness which belied this group's tender years.

Things should not have got this far. England edged the first half and Colombia should have been reduced to 10 men after Wilmar Barrios headbutted Henderson, yet he inexplicably only received a booking from referee Mark Geiger.

The group managed to control their emotions, even when Raheem Sterling was barged by a Colombia coach, and captain Harry Kane epitomised their strength of character by firing home from the spot after minutes of gamesmanship.

But England never do things the easy way. Pickford's incredible one-handed save looked to put Southgate's men through only for Yerry Mina to jump high at a corner to head home three minutes into stoppage time.

Extra-time came and went as the match went to penalties, where the Three Lions won the shootout and their first knockout match since 2006.

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