Dier fires Eng­land into the World Cup last eight

Irish Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 - SI­MON PEACH

JOR­DAN PICK­FORD helped Eng­land end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quar­ter-fi­nals at the ex­pense of Colom­bia in Moscow.

Things looked set to go pear-shaped when Jor­dan Hen­der­son’s penalty was saved, only for Ma­teus Uribe’s spot­kick to rat­tle the bar and goal­keeper Pick­ford to deny Car­los Bacca.

Eric Dier, though, kept his com­po­sure in the Spar­tak Sta­dium caul­dron, pro­pel­ling his side to a fa­mous 4-3 shootout win af­ter it ended 1-1 af­ter 90 min­utes and ex­tra time. Swe­den now await in a mouth-wa­ter­ing quar­ter-fi­nal in Samara on Satur­day.

Well done: Eng­land boss South­gate con­grat­u­lates Eric Dier

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