Harry Kane scored simply after the break handy the Three Lions a deserved lead, however Yerry Mina’s stoppage-time header despatched the sport to additional time and, ultimately, penalties after neither staff may discover a winner in open play.
And it was there that England overcame a depressing historical past with spot-kicks to e book their first journey to the final eight because the 2006 event in Germany.
Star playmaker James Rodriguez was omitted of the squad totally after struggling a calf damage in Colombia’s last group-stage match towards Senegal final week.
The 26-year-old Bayern Munich man was marked as “absent” within the official staff checklist, which means he was not match sufficient to even seem instead.
England boss Gareth Southgate, in the meantime, counted on the identical XI that noticed the Three Lions narrowly beat Tunisia of their opening match, with Raheem Sterling partnering Harry Kane up entrance.
England gained numerous nook kicks early within the first half however failed to search out the identical pleasure they skilled towards the Tunisians as Colombia defended resolutely to disclaim the taller Three Lions.
Controversy struck within the 38th minute when, whereas jockeying for place for a free kick close to the Colombia field, Wilmar Barrios appeared to throw his head into England midfielder Jordan Henderson’s chest, with the Liverpool man throwing himself to the bottom and staying down for numerous minutes after the contact.
England defender Harry Maguire known as on the match referee to analyze the incident additional utilizing the video assistant referee. Nevertheless, Barrios was proven a yellow with none clear indication of the know-how getting used.
Southgate’s males have been rewarded for his or her persistence minutes after the break when, from a nook, Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have introduced down Harry Kane within the field.
The South Individuals vehemently protested the choice, however the penalty stood and the Tottenham man despatched goalkeeper David Ospina the unsuitable strategy to hand England the lead.
Dele Alli headed large from a slender angle on 63 minutes after a nice cross from the appropriate aspect.
Colombia labored their finest likelihood within the 82nd minute. A turnover in midfield began a promising 3-on-2 counterattack, however Juan Cuadrado blasted his shot excessive and large from an angle.
With England content material to take in strain, the South Individuals pushed ahead in quest of the tying purpose.
A Mateus Uribe effort out of nothing in second-half stoppage compelled Jordan Pickford right into a determined diving save — the England keeper pushing round his publish to disclaim the snapshot from distance.
And Colombia dramatically equalised from the ensuing nook kick — towering defender Yerry Mina rising excessive and slamming his downward header previous Pickford and off the top of Kieran Trippier to ship the match to additional time.
The purpose marked the Barcelona man’s third consecutive sport with a purpose. And he turned the fifth defender to attain three or extra targets in a World Cup since Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer scored 4 within the 1966 version.
Second-half substitute Carlos Bacca almost received on the top of a Johan Mojica cross on the close to publish six minutes into additional time, however Pickford arrived first.Radamel Falcao headed large of Pickford’s publish within the 104th minute — the Monaco striker below heavy strain from Maguire who did nicely to throw him off.
Danny Rose fired throughout the face of purpose on 112 minutes, however a stranded Ospina watched the ball roll large of the publish and out of play.
Moments later, Jesse Lingard noticed a near-post run blocked on the doorstep and second-half substitute Eric Dier missed the goal along with his wide-open header from the following nook kick.
That may show the final high quality likelihood earlier than the sport went to penalties, through which England had not gained since 1996.
However after Uribe hit the bar and Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s effort, Dier transformed to dramatically arrange a last-eight conflict with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.