Heartbroken James reacts to Colombia elimination

Sergio Cunningham
July 4, 2018

England has ended a drought in World Cup shootouts to beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties and advance to a quarterfinal match against Sweden.

The Three Lions looked to be cruising through to the quarters, only for the South Americans to equalise in the 93rd minute.

The save gave England's Eric Dier a chance to win the shootout, and he converted.

England and Colombia complete the World Cup's round of 16 when they meet in Moscow on Tuesday.

Harry Kane opened the scoring in the second half but Colombia leveled deep into injury time thanks to a towering header from Yerry Mina. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted", Kane told the BBC.

In a sporting context, England could have been walking into a trap in the Spartak Stadium amid an atmosphere so rare for a World Cup knockout games.

England scored its only regulation goal on a second-half penalty kick by Harry Kane who was clearly fouled on the preceding play.

Brazil beats Mexico, advances to World Cup quarterfinals
It was a disastrous tournament for Brazil , who were knocked out by Honduras at the beginning of Luiz Felipe Scolari's reign. It was another painful exit for Mexico , who have failed to play a fifth game at the World Cup since hosting in 1986.

A sixth goal in three games, the third from the penalty spot, tournament top scorer Kane already has one foot inside the Golden Boot.

Notable: England has three wins and two draws in five previous meetings with Colombia, including a 2-0 win during the group stage of the 1998 World Cup. "It was a big night for England". However, following a brilliant save from England keeper Jordan Pickford, Colombia were awarded a corner and centre back Mina climbed the highest to head the ball home and send the game into extra-time and then penalties.

Extra time failed to separate the two teams even after Danny Rose and Jamie Vardy went close, so a penalty shootout was needed to decide the game with Colombia winning the toss and electing to kick towards a large group of their fans behind the goal. Liverpool's Jordan Henderson was the only player to miss following a wonderful effort from Colombian shot-stopper David Ospina.

Yet Colombia did not learn their lesson as Carlos Sanchez, once of Aston Villa, was penalised for dragging Kane to the floor at an England corner.

And then came the mental and physical examinations posed by Jose Pekerman's team as they disputed nearly every decision, indulged in grappling throughout and even saw one of their coaching staff give Raheem Sterling a deliberate and totally unnecessary nudge as he came off at half-time.

There had been precious little drama - though much petulance - throughout most of normal time as a Colombia side shorn of injured playmaker James Rodriguez set out to defend.

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