Central London abuzz as England defeats Colombia to reach Quarter-finals
The streets of central London were abuzz with the song “Football’s coming home” after supporters watched England beat Colombia in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
Supporters watching at a venue called the Flat Iron Square, in the shadow of the Shard, were sent into raptures when Eric Dier scored the crucial penalty.
Earlier in the evening fans celebrated Harry Kane’s penalty but they soon felt despair as Yerry Mina scored a 92nd-minute equalizer that sent the match into extra time and penalties. Come to the end though, England supporters celebrated their first ever penalty shootout win at a World Cup and only the second in their history.
England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Dier to win the game for England. Gareth Southgate’s team will play Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.