Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford the hero as England's penalty curse ends

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England's extra rest - head coach Gareth Southgate rotated his lineup in his team's final group-stage game - is another factor in its favor.

Regulation ended 1-1 as Colombia canceled out a Harry Kane penalty-kick goal late in the match, and neither could find the victor in extra time. In a wild and intense match against a James Rodriguez-less Colombia squad, England squeaked past Los Cafeteros in penalty kicks to reach thee World Cup quarterfinals.

Rodriguez looked dejected at full time, sitting alone on the bench, and later took to social media to post a picture of himself crying.

There was edginess from the start, with Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado and England defender Harry Maguire involved in a spat before Radamel Falcao barged into Kieran Trippier, sparking the England defender to retaliate.

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Just when England were trailing 3-2, Colombia's Mateus Uribe rattled the crossbar from the spot after which Trippler successfully converted.

"I did a whole bunch of research", Pickford said. The team hasn't made the World Cup quarter-finals since 1954. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted". "You have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and make decisions which, in some quarters, might be criticized".

James Rodriguez, Colombia's Golden Boot victor from the 2014 World Cup, continues to have issues with leg swelling and is questionable to play.

England beat Colombia in dramatic penalty shootout to advance.

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One said: "Commiserations to our mate Diego Maradona who decided he'd squeeze into a Colombia shirt for today's game".

Jesse Lingard almost found Kane and felt he should have won a penalty as Maguire kept getting away headers as Colombia looked set to fall short. However, he hasn't looked match fit at this tournament, so it's not clear if he'll feature against England or not. "I have the power and agility".

"It was a good game - sad that we couldn't get through, but I'm proud of the team's effort", said 47-year-old shoe shiner Mauricio Sanchez, who spent much of the game standing atop his box of supplies, the better to see the screen. "We never panicked. We were ready for that". "We were calm. We stuck to our plan". "It's all about the set position and I got a hand to it".

The British national newspapers, too, have been similarly effusive about the win - with particular praise heaped on English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and his crucial role in the penalty shootout.

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