LONDON: England took their place in the quarter-finals of Russia’s World Cup after beating Colombia 4-3 on penalties on Tuesday at Moscow’s Tikrit Arena in the last 16 matches. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was awarded a penalty in the 57th minute to strengthen his position at the top of the top scorer with six goals, but Barcelona defender Yarei Mina grabbed Colombia’s deadly goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
The original time ended in a positive draw to take advantage of additional time on two-point but did not witness any new to have resorted to the penalty shoot-out which was settled by the England team for a result of 4/3.
England dominated the game for most of the game and had plenty of chances to score more goals. In contrast, Colombia relied on counter-attacks that did not pose a clear threat to goalkeeper Jordan Beckford. England, England, Brazil, France, Sweden, Belgium, Russia and Croatia joined the last eight.
England will face Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Switzerland. England moved into the quarter-finals for the eighth time in their history for the first time since the 2006 edition, out of the last 16 in the 2010 World Cup and the group stage in the 2014 World Cup.
England qualified for the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group G with six points from two wins and one defeat. Colombia lead Group G with six points from two wins and one defeat.
The England team is participating in the World Cup for the fifteenth time and was the most outstanding achievement of the team winning the title in the 1966 edition. The Colombians are participating in the World Cup for the sixth time and the highlight of the team to reach the last eight of the last edition of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
The two teams met in five previous encounters where England won three times and tied twice. Colombia missed fifth-placed Bayern Munich striker Khamis Rodriguez after suffering a right calf injury during the last group match against Senegal.