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Pickford heroics sends England into the Quarters- FIFA WORLD CUP 2018

England reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 8 years after defeating Colombia 3-4 on penalties.

The "It's coming home" movement by the English was given another boost on Tuesday when they defeated the Colombians to reach the quarterfinals where they will face Sweden who defeated Switzerland 1-0. 

In what was regarded as England's biggest test on their road towards the final, the Three Lions held their nerves as they one their first penalty shootout in the previous 3 attempts. The relationship of the England team with the penalty shootout has been a disappointing affair always; but the tables were turned as England pulled through. Totthenham Hotspur star striker and England captain Harry Kane opened the scoring for the English team when he perfectly slotted a penalty in the centre of the goal at the 57th minute. The match was pretty much a secluded affair until the ending stages when England number one Jordan Pickford produce a marvellous and breath taking finger tip save, before conceding to a 93rd minute Yerry Mina header which sent the match into extra-time. 

The extra-time was pretty intense with England left-back Danny Rose coming close to scoring the winner but his effort on goal went slightly wide. The penalty shootout was expected to be England's downfall yet again when Colombian goal keeper David Ospina denied Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson. It looked all over for England before Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar, finishing Colombia's advantage and then Jordan Pickford made another spectacular save to deny Carlos Bacca, before Tottenham Hotspur mid-fielder Eric Dier slotted England into the quarters with a sublime bottom corner finish.

The road to the final looks easy so far, but it is up to the England team to make the most of it and to finish the 52 year long wait.

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