World Cup: England finally win on penalties to keep the dream alive!

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England ended years of penalty shootout heartbreak with a defeat of Colombia to go through to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup...

"The Three Lions were so nearly home, hosed and into the quarter-finals that they were backed at [1.07] to win the game in-play on the Betfair Exchange. The draw had drifted out to [14.0]."

England are the last team into the World Cup quarter-finals after a nerve-wracking penalty shootout defeat of Colombia in Moscow tonight.

A David Ospina save from Jordan Henderson's penalty gave Colombia a huge chance to go through but Mateus Oribe hit the crossbar and Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca while Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier scored to put England into the quarter-finals.

England are [5.6] to win the World Cup - they play Sweden on Saturday - but it was a tough 120 minutes in Moscow.

Kane combats Colombia aggression but England concede late on

Ahead through Harry Kane's sixth goal of the tournament, England were pegged back with just three minutes left after Yerry Mina headed home a Juan Cuadrado corner.

The Three Lions were so nearly home, hosed and into the quarter-finals that they were backed at [1.07] to win the game in-play on the Betfair Exchange. The draw had drifted out to [14.0].

A testy game saw referee show six yellow cards in the first 90 minutes - five to Colombia - as the South American side turned to the dark arts in an effort to contain Kane and co. Eventually one of those fouls was committed in the penalty area as Kane was flung to the Otkrytie Arena turf. Despite minutes of complaints from Colombia, the Tottenham man held his nerve to slot home, his third from the penalty spot at the 2018 World Cup, to go odds-on in the Golden Boot betting.

Colombia show quality after going behind

Once behind Colombia actually began to play football and their pressure told right at the death when Mina rose highest to put a towering header off the turf and over Kieran Trippier on the line.

Buoyed by that, Colombia were the superior side in extra time but neither side could fashion a proper chance although Eric Dier should probably have done better with a header just a few minutes from penalties. But the Spurs man obviously had the comfort of slotting home the decisive penalty.

Brazil still favourites going into last eight

In the tournament winner betting, Brazil are the [4.0] favourites with France next up at [5.2] and England at [5.6].

Croatia and Belgium can't be separated in the market, both trading at [7.6], while the outsiders of the competitions are regarded as being the trio of Uruguay, [18.0], Russia, [23.0], and England's quarter-final opponents Sweden, [30.0].

Quarter-Final matches in full;

Uruguay v France - Friday, 15:00
Brazil v Belgium - Friday, 19:00
Sweden v England - Saturday, 15:00
Russia v Croatia - Saturday, 19:00

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