England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans equalized in the 93rd minute.
England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Eric Dier to win the game for England.
England have had many great players over the years. Bobby Charlton, Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Paul Scholes; the list goes on and on, but none of them ever did what this side has done.
None of them ever won a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup.
Ahead of this tournament, there was widespread talk that this team was different, this group of players was operating on a different wave-length, detached from the crap, detached from the ego, unaffected by the pressure.
Many had doubted that, assuming it was just a foolish public buying into the PR machine. But few will doubt it after this.
Here is a young side which has given up a lead late on – something which would crush most sides – and held on.
Here is a young side which has recovered from not only that disappointment, but the disappointment of missing a penalty, to stand up and do its job. To win.
England have finally won a penalty shootout, and they may take some beating.
The Three Lions will now face Sweden who qualified earlier in the Quarterfinals.
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