World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8

first_imgEngland defeated Colombia 4-3 via penalty shootout to set up a quarter-final against Sweden in FIFA World Cup 2018. It was an ill-tempered round of 16 match at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium with Colombia guilty of offensive behaviour prompting the referee to intervene multiple times.And it is one such intervention which proved to be rather costly for Colombia. Shortly after play resumed in the second half, Carlos Sanchez dragged Harry Kane and brought him down in the box. That earned England a penalty shot and Sanchez a yellow card – overall, the referee showed eight yellow cards through the match.Tempers flared before Kane could take the shot. However, he scored and extended his goals tally to six and is comfortably leading the race for the Golden Boot.Colombia vs England: HIGHLIGHTSKane, only 24, became the first Englishman to score in his first three World Cup matches. He scored a brace against Tunisia and a hat-trick against Panama before converting a penatly against Colombia on Tuesday.Kane also became the first Englishman since 1939 to score goals in six internationals.Colombia drew level in stoppage time. Yerry Mina headed in the equaliser in the 93rd minute as Los Cafeteros took the game into extra time. It was a costly miss by Kieran Trippier, who was standing next to the goalpost but failed to clear Mina’s shot off the line.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEKane came close to adding to his five goals for England in the first half but his 16th minute header at the far post flew over the bar as his side had Colombia on the back foot for much of the half.advertisementIn extra time, England had at least two more opportunities to close the game but luck did not favour them as the game moved to a penalty shootout. This was the third match in the round of 16 that was decided by penalties.On Sunday, Russia stunned Spain via a penalty shootout before Croatia overcame a determined Denmark by prevailing in the second penalty shooutout.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the hero for England as he saved one and another kick from Colombia went over the bar.last_img read more