Yesterday’s game between Colombia and England was everything but boring. The two countries fought fiercely to take one remaining spot in the quarterfinals. England’s captain, Harry Kane helped England get a 1-0 lead in the second half of the match, but Colombia somehow managed to level with England by netting a goal in the 93rd minute of the game. Then, the moment England was dreading, penalty shootouts began.
In the first half of the match, it was visible that both teams were nervous. Still, there were no goals on either side. It wasn’t until the 57th minute that England took the lead when Kane’s penalty kick resulted in a goal. At that point, England was closer to World Cup quarterfinals than ever.
Then the unexpected happened – a corner kick in the 93rd minute of the game and the equaliser from Yerry Mina. The game continued with extra time that soon ended without a goal. Soon, it was time for penalty kicks. Most betting sites weren’t expecting England to win on penalties. England already left the World Cup three times after losing in shootouts in 1990, 1998, and 2006.
This time, England was prepared. Kane, Trippier, Rashford, and Dier all converted their penalty shots, whereas Colombia’s David Ospina stopped Henderson’s kick. Colombia, on the other hand, failed to convert two penalties, which resulted in a long-awaited victory for England.
England’s Southgate had a few words to say about this historic win. “Fantastic. I think we deserved it, as well. We played so well in the 90 minutes. We’ve shown incredible resilience to come back from huge disappointment at the final whistle. It’s a huge credit to all our players and every member of staff,” said Southgate.
The next England’s opponent in the quarter-final stage of the World Cup is Sweden. The two countries will meet at Samara Arena on July 7th. We’ll soon see which team will progress to further stages of the 2018 World Cup.