England beats Colombia on penalties to reach last eight


But ex-Three Lions defender Dixon says he has proved people wrong tonight.

England beat Colombia in dramatic penalty shootout to advance. The players actively talked down their chances in a bid to project an air of humility. "England have hardly covered themselves in glory in tournaments over the last two decades yet they were wasting time and energy and getting distracted thinking about possible quarter-finals and semi-finals".

"We have a clear game plan and we are playing according to that", coach Janne Andersson said.

Marcela Clavija said victory would be extra-special for Colombia to avenge a defeat nearly exactly 20 years ago, even if the match had been long forgotten in England.

"The fans that were here were outnumbered but I'm delighted for them, and everyone at home".

It's too early to suggest this historical event will lead to World Cup success, as the team showed many serious issues we'll get to in a bit. Both teams started to lose their composure late in the first half, and Colombia, in particular, continued after the break, with a ton of dirty fouls and bookings to follow.

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England will now play Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday. I think that's why we've done well. With their first choice XI back, they should perform better than in their last match, but Colombia will provide them with a stern test. "We played so well in the 90 minutes". Midfielder Fabian Delph is skipping the game because he has traveled home to England to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's baby. During pivotal matches like Colombia's Round of 16 clash with England on Tuesday, it's not an exaggeration to say entire nations grind to a halt as they awaited the outcome.

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James Rodriguez, who has been dealing with a calf strain throughout the tournament, was subbed out in the 31st minute of Colombia's last match against Senegal.

England's penalty shootout pain has ended.

At full-time, Colombia had committed significantly more fouls - 21 to to England's 13 - while England marginally stayed on top of possession, 52% to 48%. Substitutes will be the key to winning this game and there is more quality coming from England's side of the dugout.

Previous results: Defeated Tunisia, 2-1.