England created a FIFA history when they defeated Colombia with a 4-3 in a shootout at Moscow on Tuesday, finally ended the penalty jinx and booking itself a ticket to the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals against Sweden.
After five successive shootout defeats, England finally edged Colombia with a score of 4-3, going through penalties and finally broke their shootout hoodoo on Tuesday. England had previously lost all three FIFA World Cups shootouts and three of the four at European Championship – but the shootout jinx was finally broken when Eric Dier scored the decisive spot kick on Tuesday against Colombia, at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow. With the historic shootout win after 12 years, England made an entry in the last-eight of the ongoing edition of the quadrennial tournament and will play against Sweden for the quarter finals.
On Tuesday, England and Colombia desperately looked out for a win in the decisive match, perhaps, neither team could find an advantage in extra-time with a score of 1-1; leading to a penalty shootout round. With beats high, Jordan Pickford stopped Colombia’s Carlos Bacca from hitting a goal, which was then followed by Mateus Uribe’s miss, and that allowed Eric Dier to hit the goal for England and enter the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter finals against Sweden. This was a hell of an achievement for the Brits on ground as England had failed to grab the victory in major tournaments since long just because of the penalty shootouts.
The keeper of the night, Jordan Pickford said, “I did all my research. I’ve got power and agility. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save and I was.”