Story of the match: England end shootout hoodoo with win over Colombia

Story of the match: England end shootout hoodoo with win over Colombia

"We had a cruel blow on 90 minutes, which we had to show incredible resilience to come back from", said a relieved Southgate, whose own penalty miss cost England in the semifinals against Germany at Euro '96. But England boss Gareth Southgate had different ideas.

Falcao also said that Geiger only spoke in English during the match, which England won 4-3 in penalties after the teams remained drawn 1-1 after regulation. 2012. Six major tournaments in 22 years (including the European Championship), and England, brimming with high hopes and big-name players, going out in the cruelest possible way.

Then, unlike so many times before, luck finally smiled on them in the shootout.

Yerry Mina's header after a Juan Cuadrado corner leveled the score for the South American side in the 93rd minute, taking the game into extra time.

England substitute Dier missed the best chance of the extra period when he headed over but he made up for it in emphatic style before being mobbed by his relieved team mates.

A total of 44,190 spectators attended the match at the Spartak Stadium. In front of a 24 metre tall statue of Roman Gladiator Spartacus, a middle aged couple were joined in their salsa dancing by an elderly man wearing a Colombia tricolour poncho.

Bibi Ana Martinez from the coastal city of Buenaventura agreed.

"Before the round of 16 you would have said we wanted this half of the draw - you are talking Switzerland and Sweden being your biggest competition". "Some have slept in parks or bus stations but they made sure they are here".

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Maradona, whose famous "Hand of God" goal helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup, nailed his colours to the Colombian mast after Argentina were eliminated at the hands of France and was pictured wearing the team's jersey on social media. The vibrant Colombia fans belted out their national anthem and bounced in unison, swinging scarves above their heads.

England have yet to keep a clean-sheet in Russian Federation and, in what is likely to be a closely-fought contest, finding the right balance could be key.

Henderson had a penalty saved by Ospina in the shootout but Mateus Uribe smashed the following kick onto the crossbar to pave the way for Pickford and Dier to be England heroes.

Having been fouled by Carlos Sanchez, Kane - after a lengthy delay caused by Colombia's protests to referee Mark Geiger - duly kept his cool to break the deadlock from 12 yards. "What if the player falls because he fakes a fall or is being pushed by an opponent or they are trying to get the referee to book another player?"

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put Iceland ahead in the 18th minute after England's defenders stood off him, with Joe Hart also culpable for failing to make a routine save.

Fans from Reading, Morcambe and Stockport hung St George's flags on the wall and recited the full back catalogue of fan anthems, from Vindaloo to Three Lions and World In Motion.

Instead of celebrating wildly with England's ecstatic players, Southgate went straight to Colombian counterpart José Pékerman and the devastated Uribe, who was in tears standing next to his manager.

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