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Colombia 1-1 England: Southgate men through to the quarter-finals as they win penalty for the first time in 20 years

England have been taken to penalties on three occasions in this tournament, and lost every time. When Jordan Henderson’s third was saved by David Ospina here, it looked as if the nation was due more of the same. More torture; more heartbreak; more wry songs making light of pain and hurt, to mask how we really feel.

But this night it was different. Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca missed for Colombia; Kieran Trippier scored for England. Suddenly it was all down to one man. Who would it be. Jamie Vardy, who takes them for Leicester, was unused. Jesse Lingard had apparently been banging them in during pratice. Walking forward from the group…Eric Dier.

Dier, ordinary against Belgium in his only start of the tournament. Dier, who had a pass completion rate of less than 25 per cent in his first 24 minutes on the field here. Dier? Anchor man penalty taker? Had we taken leave of our senses?

Apparently not. Gareth Southgate, more than any England manager, know the agony of the shoot-out. That was one of the reasons he had his squad going through the routine, day after day, in training. If Dier was the man to hold his nerve, there must be reason, number, to back that up.

Let’s be truthful. It wasn’t the cleanest. A bit scuffed and Ospina got a hand to it. But not enough. There it was, in the net. There England were: in the quarter-finals. And all down to penalties. Not just the shoot-out, but the one Harry Kane took that should have sent put England through in normal time. The penalty that took what seemed like forever.


Colombia (4-3-2-1): Ospina; Arias (Zapata 115), Davinson Sanchez, Mina, Mojica; Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Lerma (Bacca 61); Juan Cuadrado, Quintero (Muriel 87); Falcao

Booked: Barrios, Arias, Carlos Sanchez, Falcao, Bacca. Juan Cuadrado

Subs not used:, Murillo, Aguilar, Vargas, Uribe, Diaz, Izquierdo, Jose Cuadrado

Manager: Jose Pekerman

England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker (Rashford 112), Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Lingard, Alli (Dier 80), Young (Rose 102); Sterling (Vardy 87), Kane

Goal: Kane 57 (pen)

Booked: Henderson, Lingard

Subs not used: Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope

Manager: Gareth Southgate

Attendance: 44,190


Falcao (Colombia) – scored

Kane (England) – scored

Juan Cuadrado (Colombia) – scored

Rashford (England) – scored

Muriel (Colombia) – scored

Henderson (England) – missed

Uribe (Colombia) – missed

Trippier (England) – scored

Bacca (Colombia) – missed

Dier (England) – scored


Three minutes and 31 seconds, to be precise. Three minutes and 31 seconds for Kane to think. Not about himself, for in these moments, individual awards are a trifle. This was time to think about his team-mates, his country, everyone whose kindness and guidance had brought him to this point.


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