Moscow [Russia], July 04 (NT): England sealed the last quarter-final berth in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday after crushing Colombia in the penalty shootout in their round-of-16 tie at Spartak Stadium, Moscow.
After a first half, England took the lead through a second-half penalty from Harry Kane. Then he was tussled to the ground by Tottenham Hotspurs teammate Davinson Sanchez.
Kan did no mistake from the spot, firing past Arsenal keeper David Ospina for his sixth goal of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and needed two more than Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot.
Colombia best opportunity to make equal the game came just beyond the 80-minute mark when Carlos Bacca robbed control off Kyle Walker; however, Juan Cuadrado wasted the chance and only managed to fire over the bar.
After that Substitute Mateus Uribe forced a wonderful save from Jordan Pickford in the second minute of extra time, as his ruthless 30-yard strike was vividly kept out by the Everton keeper.
Following five successful penalties, Colombian keeper David Ospina saved Jordan Henderson's take, legging the force on the English.
England will now lock the horns with Sweden in the quarterfinals on July 7. (NT)