England have won their first ever penalty shootout in a major competition since 1996 following a 4-3 win over Colombia at the Spartak Stadium yesterday to set up a quarterfinal clash with Sweden.
The victory means England’s hope of reaching the semifinal stage is still alive as they wish to go beyond the quarterfinal stage since after hosting to win in 1966.
Team’s manager Gareth Southgate celebrated with his staff while his players mobbed the heroes Pickford and Dier after their first win at the knockout stage of major tournament since 2006.
The defeat suffered means Colombia have lost three of their four knockout matches at the World Cup (also the last 16 in 1990 and the quarter-final in 2014).
Interestingly, there is no previous world champions standing between England and the final. The winners of their quarter-final will face either Croatia or hosts Russia for a place in the Moscow showpiece on 15 July