Suffolk celebrates as England beat Colombia on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals
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England ended their penalty shoot-out hex to reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow.
Hundreds of fans celebrated the victory after watching on a giant screen in the free FanZone at Portman Road in Ipswich.
The teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time.
England began the shoot-out with a record of six defeats in seven at major tournaments.
Things looked set to go pear-shaped when Jordan Henderson’s penalty was saved, only for Mateus Uribe’s spot-kick to rattle the bar and goalkeeper Pickford to deny Carlos Bacca.
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Eric Dier kept his composure in the Spartak Stadium, propelling the Three Lions to a famous 4-3 shoot-out win after it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.
Sweden now await in a Samara quarter-final on Saturday, which England approach buoyed by a display of character and coolness which belied this group’s tender years.
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England edged the first half and Colombia should have been reduced to 10 men after Wilmar Barrios headbutted Henderson, yet he only received a booking from referee Mark Geiger.
The group managed to control their emotions, even when Raheem Sterling was barged by a Colombia coach, and captain Harry Kane epitomised their strength of character by firing home from the spot after minutes of gamesmanship.
Pickford’s incredible one-handed save looked to put Southgate’s men through only for Yerry Mina to jump high at a corner to head home three minutes into stoppage time.
Extra-time came and went as the match went to penalties, where the Three Lions won the shoot-out and their first knockout match since 2006.