England end their penalty curse, beat Colombia in petulant game

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James has been involved in 10 of Colombia's past 14 World Cup goals.

Kieran Trippier has been hailed for his displays thus far and his crossing ability should come to great use for England against Colombia.

Sweden will play Switzerland in St. Petersburg earlier the same day. On top of that, England was knocked out of the 1996 European Championship semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012 on penalties.

At the fourth attempt, they finally won a World Cup penalty shootout to secure victory in a knockout game at a major tournament for the first time since 2006.

"We're not the favourites, we're playing against the country that invented football", said 32-year-old Espanyol midfielder Sanchez. But, the one name that Jose Pekerman had hoped to be fit is struggling to recover in time. Barring one, Colombia has never reached the quarter-finals.

"I think it does help that Davinson plays with him at Spurs".

Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday's meeting, Lingard insisted that the squad don't see either path as hard as the other and are taking each fixture one step at a time: "For us, it is game by game, and see where it takes us".

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Portugal's goal drought finally came to an end when defender Pepe delivered a ideal header into the net to equalise. But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end.

In the second half, Colombia's fouls ratcheted up - but backfired, when a blatant tackle that forced Harry Kane to the ground yards from Colombia's goal prompted a penalty kick that he booted squarely into the centre of the net. However, Sanchez said it would be foolish for Colombia to focus too much on the Tottenham man.

Colombia's Yerry Mina scored a dramatic equaliser against England in injury-time just as it seemed the South Americans were heading out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage.

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates with Harry Kane after the penalty shootout during their World Cup "Round of 16" match against Colombia in Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia, July 3, 2018.

Then comes a potential semi-final against hosts Russian Federation or Croatia with Tuesday's win appearing to vindicate - just - coach Gareth Southgate's decision to field a second-string side in the final group game loss to Belgium to secure an easier route. Woodward takes issue with the selection policy of Southgate - although his Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez also made sweeping changes - but is more staggered by another facet of the thinking behind the policy.

"I think we've really come together as squad and gelled over the past six weeks".

Los Cafeteros will face Gareth Southgate's side at the Spartak Stadium on Tuesday night, with Sweden or Switzerland awaiting the victor in the quarter-finals. "We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning".

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