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

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Colombia's star player and the Golden Boot victor at the 2014 World Cup James Rodriguez, was kept on the bench throughout the match due to an injury.

Southgate was mocked in a pizza advertisement following that defeat but he also learned a valuable lesson that had a huge impact on the World Cup last 16 win over Colombia - the shootout is not a "lottery" and it is something you can prepare for.

Chris Dowse, 39, who lives on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, said television crews would descend on the place, which has been covered with hundreds of St George's Cross flags as well as a few Colombian tricolours.

Thanks to Southgate's insistence that practice matters, England have belief under such pressure and they reaped the rewards in Moscow.

An extremely classy gesture from Henderson it must be said.

"I couldn't be prouder of England - a victory in a penalty shootout!"

Dier sealed the 4-3 shootout win which saw England through to the mouth-watering quarter-final against Sweden in Samara this Saturday. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling.

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. "I cheered Colombia's goal as if I had headed it myself".

Also, as one of the shootout scorers Kieran Trippier noted, Southgate made his team practice penalties when they exhausted at the end of a training session, to simulate the fatigue that is present after extra-time.

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Well, even though he won't have a clue about it, Cristiano Ronaldo may have inadvertently helped England beat Colombia.

Behind them, Jordan Pickford, the 24-year-old goalkeeper in just his seventh England appearance, had a night he will never forget.

"We were trying to download the app to watch it or considering scaling the fence to get to the nearest pub, but then it came back on so we were rewarded for our patience".

After getting off to a rough World Cup start by losing to eventual group victor Japan, Colombia blasted Poland 3-0 and then took down Senegal 1-0 to book a ticket into the knockout round.

"If they hadn't stolen that goal we would be in the quarter finals", he added, referring to the penalty awarded in normal time to England captain Harry Kane for manhandling in the box.

"There's been a lot about this being a young team", England's Harry Kane said. "But we did", Dier said.

The Three Lions were preparing for a free-kick on the edge of the Colombian penalty area when the incident occurred and amidst the uproar between both sets of players, referee Mark Geiger brandished a yellow card in the direction of the Boca Juniors midfielder.

After exiting the 2014 World Cup without winning a game in the group stage, the squad has been remodeled with a youthful, more street-wise mentality by Southgate at his first major tournament as coach.

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