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England and Sweden into World Cup quarter-final

WORLD IN MOTION: John Stones and Kyle Walker celebrate a famous England victory

WORLD IN MOTION: John Stones and Kyle Walker celebrate a famous England victory

England and Sweden both secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals after another day of high drama and tension in Russia.

Gareth Southgate’s England created history in what was a bad-tempered last-16 clash with Colombia in Moscow as they secured a first-ever World Cup penalty shoot-out victory.

John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling all started for England who were the better side in a fine first-half display.

Harry Kane’s 57th minute penalty – his sixth goal of the tournament – then looked set to earn England victory only for Colombia’s Yerry Mina to head home a dramatic equaliser deep into stoppage time.

With extra time failing to yield a winner, that set up a dramatic penalty shoot-out with England only too aware that they had lost all three previous World Cup spot-kick dramas.

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Though Kane and Marcus Rashford successfully converted England’s first two penalties, when Jordan Henderson saw the Three Lions’ third spot-kick saved by Colombia and Arsenal keeper David Ospina, the omens looked bleak.

However, England were given hope when Matteus Uribe slammed Colombia’s third kick onto the bar and after Kieran Trippier had levelled the score at 3-3, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then produced a stunning save to keep out Carlos Bacca’s fifth penalty for the South Americans.

That put the spotlight on substitute Eric Dier and the Tottenham midfielder held his nerve to fire past Ospina to secure a 4-3 win on penalties and spark scenes of wild celebration in Moscow and around the country.

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England’s reward is a World Cup quarter-final assignment with Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon.

The Swedes secured their ticket through to the last eight after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Switzerland in St Petersburg.

It was a game high on perspiration but low on inspiration with Emil Forsberg striking the winner midway through the second-half with a shot that deflected in off Swiss defender Manuel Akanji.

Both sides were guilty of squandering good openings - and Switzerland ended it with 10 men after Michael Lang was dismissed in injury time for a push on Martin Olsson, who was clean through on goal.

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Referee Damir Skomina initially gave a penalty but changed his decision to a free-kick after a review and Sweden subsequently secured the victory to seal their first World Cup quarter-final appearance since 1994.

With the tournament now having two rest days, the quarter-final line-up is now complete with the schedule below.

Friday

Uruguay v France 3pm

Brazil v Belgium 7pm

Saturday

England v Sweden 3pm

Russia v Croatia 7pm 

 

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