Suffolk celebrates as England beat Colombia on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals
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.
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.
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.