England fans had a lot to celebrate last night. The Three Lions defeated Colombia in the World Cup Round of 16 in a penalty shootout, sending England to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006.
Harry Kane scored a penalty in the second half, and after Colombia equalized just before time from a Yerry Mina header, England got penalty shootout goals from Kane, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier, and Eric Dier and a HUGE stop from Jordan Pickford to see off the Colombians. It was a big moment for England, who in one swoop seemed to banish the major tournament penalty shootout hoodoo that has followed them since 1990.
England fans, naturally, went nuts.
England FINALLY won in penalties and their fans celebrated accordingly! pic.twitter.com/bCrsFpTJGx— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 4, 2018
Interestingly, although Eric Dier was the World Cup hero who completed the winning penalty kick, he wasn’t even supposed to be taking penalties. According to Sky Sports, Jamie Vardy was supposed to be England’s fifth PK taker, but the Leicester striker pulled out after picking up a groin injury in the latter stages of the match.
Dier volunteered to take the kick in part, he said, to atone for missing an open header on goal towards the end of the game that would’ve won the match outright for England.
“It was a nervous one. I’ve never really been in a situation like that before but felt I had to score after missing the header at the end so I’m just thankful I scored.”
England can make it to the semifinals for the
first second time since their 1966 World Cup championship with a win over Sweden this Saturday.