No other country had lost as many penalty shootouts at a World Cup, but when history was against them England's inexperienced team held its nerve to see off Colombia in a penalty shootout and progress to the quarterfinals.
Harry Kane scored just after the break to hand the Three Lions a deserved lead but Yerry Mina's stoppage-time header sent the game to extra-time and, eventually, penalties after neither team could find a victor in open play.
Should England reach the quarterfinals, only the likes of Sweden, Switrzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation stand between them and the final. Goal-scoring chances likely will be at premium, which leads us to believe this will be a hard-fought, but low-scoring, game. "We should now be the most positive we have ever been", Gary Neville told ITV following England's loss to Belgium last Thursday.
And the England captain might just be the difference maker for the Three Lions.
Amid frayed tempers and the heat of the occasion, Kane kept a cool head, directing his penalty high and into the centre of the net with Arsenal's goalkeeper David Ospina diving to the right.
As you'd expect, England fans weren't happy.
The England-Colombia World Cup match was at times an ugly game, with Colombia slapped with six yellow cards to England's two. Colombia must beat England to remain in the tournament and defeat on Tuesday will mean elimination.
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Vettel would recover through a mixture of strong pace, tyre management and strategy, to finish third come the checkered flag. However, his race got much worse as his Mercedes lost power, and he had to retire with a technical issue.
It was England's first win in a knockout game since 2006 and earns them a quarter-final with Sweden, who were far from impressive in beating Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.
But instead they sacrificed their best hope of winning this game by turning it into a kicking match because, if England are capable of anything, it is standing up to a physical challenge. The Daily Telegraph says that head coach Jose Pekerman was "very worried" about Rodriguez's injury and Colombia "will be holding their breath" for news on the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot victor.
- This will be Colombia's only third appearance in the knockout stages of World Cup. Nobody qualifying for the World Cup last 16 gets lucky.
Just watch their fantastic (and terribly wasteful) reaction to Harry Kane's go-ahead goal from the penalty spot... It should be a close game, with England having the advantage.
"We are the youngest team left in and we are the most inexperienced team left in, but we've got some old fogeys as well who help the younger ones to get through it and show super leadership", Southgate said.
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