Do not adjust your television sets – England won a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup.
Seemingly coasting to a hard-fought victory, the head of Yerry Mina made things extremely dicey for the Three Lions – and Colombia looked on top for much of extra-time.
However, England held their nerve on spot-kicks at the fourth time of asking on the global stage as Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier sent them to the quarter-finals.
Check our England ratings below:
Jordan Pickford – Save from Uribe may have been going wide but came up with goods to deny Bacca in shoot-out 7
Kyle Walker – Was producing a fine display before his brain freeze let Falcao in behind. Worryingly prone to mental lapse. 5
John Stones – Always been comfortable on the ball and is now becoming a much more assured defender 7
Harry Maguire – Wherever the ball was, his head swiftly followed – except at the very last up against a leaping Mina 7
Jordan Henderson – Lost his nerve when England lost control in first half of extra-time. Missed penalty. 5
Kieran Trippier – Radar on set-pieces slightly askew – this was a night where he showed off his defending to shackle Quintero 7
Dele Alli – Fantastic defensive shift on the left when England under pressure. Made one defence-splitting pass to Lingard 7
Jesse Lingard – Too often on the periphery and failed to find a wide-open Kane in the box late in the second half 5
Ashley Young – Some exquisite touches made openings down the left with space at a premium, defensively rock-solid 7
Raheem Sterling – So crucial to this side with lightning pace and intelligent runs. He’s just too often a shade off making an accurate touch or pass 6
Harry Kane – Didn’t get the service – so served himself up. Won seven fouls, including the one for the penalty, and a bucketful of pressure-relieving headers 8
Eric Dier – On when Southgate looked to shore up shop. Ended up as England’s penalty hero 7
Jamie Vardy – As midfield lost connection to attack, had nothing to feed on 5
Danny Rose – Picked up well from where Young left off, added pep to flanks 7
Marcus Rashford – Only on for the penalty, and what a hit it was from the 20-year-old N/A
England fans at the Otkrytie Arena would’ve been rubbing their eyes in disbelief while others adjusted their television sets when Eric Dier’s penalty found the back at the net.
At the fourth time of asking, England finally won a World Cup penalty shootout to book their place in the quarter-finals in Russia with Colombia missing out.
Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 57th minute when he converted a penalty having been felled in the box by Carlos Sanchez during a corner kick.
However, Colombia then scored from their first corner of the game as Yerry Mina rose highest to head home in the 92nd minute to level the score at 1-1 and take the game into extra-time where no goals were forthcoming.
Despite David Ospina saving Jordan Henderson’s effort to give his side the advantage in the shootout, Mateus Uribe hit the crossbar when his number was up before Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s strike.
Dier stepped up to take the decisive penalty and though Ospina got a hand to it, his effort found the back of the net to win the shootout 4-3.
Sweden have reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1994 after beating Switzerland 1-0 in a closely-fought game against fellow European side Switzerland.
Despite having a quiet game overall, Emil Forsberg was influential in his side’s victory, scoring the only goal and producing a vital defensive block.
Here’s a closer look at the Swedish midfielder’s performance.
Goals – 1
Assists – 0
Shots – 3
Shots on target – 1
Pass accuracy – 82%
Key passes – 0
Dribbles – 1
Without being spectacular, Forsberg had an impact at both ends of the pitch to lead Sweden to victory. He scored the only goal of the game, although that owed heavily to a deflection, but if that was lucky his intervention later in the game to block a goal-bound shot on the line was not. A match-winner in every sense.
Passing – On a day where his overall impact was limited, Forsberg made sure to get the basics right: his passing was tidy and helped Sweden tick over possession when needed.
Defending – Sweden’s emphasis on collective defending applies to their star player as well. On Tuesday Forsberg did more than his fair share, clearing a shot off the line as Switzerland pushed for an equaliser.
Given Forsberg is the player Sweden turn to for inspiration, he didn’t get on the ball anywhere near enough. His 37 touches were as many as Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen had, and five other teammates topped that mark. He’ll need to be more active in seeking out the ball if he is to have a greater impact in Sweden’s quarterfinal.
This was far from a vintage display from Forsberg, but there was something typically Swedish about it nonetheless. It was a performance of graft, and, fittingly, his goal was also a scruffy one. Yet sometimes that’s exactly what wins big games – effort and a bit of luck. Sweden have been riding that formula at the World Cup, and Forsberg personified it on Tuesday.
RATING – 8/10