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Elena Summers
July 4, 2018

England victor will play Sweden or Switzerland in the World Cup quarterfinals.

With every upset in this World Cup it gets easier and easier to talk yourself into England being favorites to reach a World Cup final for the first time since 1966 or even the whole thing.

Belgium won the battle and earned bragging rights in Group G. England finished runners-up and were subsequently matched against Colombia.

Football's Coming Home blared out over the speakers at Moscow's Spartak Stadium after Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty and England's players piled on top of each other at the far side of the pitch.

However, Uribe's attempt hit the crossbar and Kieran Trippier levelled, then Pickford produced a super one-handed save to deny Bacca, before Dier fired home the victor.

"I think we've really come together as squad and gelled over the past six weeks".

England will next play Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Samara.

Kane put away the penalty with class in the 57th minute.

An ill-tempered game that saw a Harry Kane penalty and another stoppage-time stunner (this time by Yerry Mina) went to a dramatic spot kick resolution that saw Kane convert his fourth penalty in four tries in Russian Federation and Eric Dier hit his fifth-round kick for the win. "We never panicked. We were ready for that". We showed incredible resilience to come back from huge disappointment at the final whistle and keep our calm.

During the shootout, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved from AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca before Dier stepped up to clinch victory, driving his shot low under David Ospina.

Pickford added: "I did all my research".

Rodriguez, who spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, went into the tournament nursing a calf problem and limped out of the Senegal game after missing the defeat to Japan. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper in the world.

"Fantastic. I think we deserved it, as well", Southgate said after the game.

Woodward drew on his experience of a tough first knockout stage match in the 2003 World Cup with Wales, after taking their pedal off the gas for their final two pool matches, to illustrate to Southgate the perils of tinkering with winning line-ups and taking the sharpness off the first team players.

England's penalty record is "horrendous", says the BBC, but coach Southgate has made sure his players have been working on their technique from 12 yards.

After decades stewing on his Euro 96 semi-final miss against Germany, Gareth Southgate has spent recent months trying to improve their chances in Russian Federation if it went all the way.

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