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Extra time went by in a flash and the dreaded penalty shootout loomed over England again and the air was thick with suspense. Up stood Radamel Falcao who blasted his penalty down the middle and the shootout was levelled with another beautifal Harry Kane penalty. Cuadrado took his excellently as well as he hammered his penalty past Pickford’s grasp as the Everton ‘keeper went the right way but not far enough. The young prodigy, Marcus Rashford took charge of the second penalty and what would be his first senior penalty, which he converted expertly past the reach of Ospina. However, the scene changed when, after Muriel’s penalty was converted with ease, Henderson hammered his penalty to Ospina’s left but the Arsenal goalkeeper guessed the right way and brilliantly denied the Liverpool skipper to give Colombia the advantage. Uribe took charge of the next penalty but his blasted effort hit the crossbar and rebounded out to the joy of England fans and players everywhere. Trippier took his penalty cooly and it was level for the moment. Carlos Bacca was Colombia’s fifth penalty taker and aimed to hit it top corner but it was not high enough and Pickford made a glorious save to deny him and give England the chance to knock the Colombians out. Up went Eric Dier, the hearts of two nations in their mouths, the Tottenham man dispatched the penalty clinically and England celebrated ecstatically as they would face Sweden on Saturday. What drama!