All of England held its breath as Eric Dier stepped up to take his penalty against Colombia.
After a gruelling two hours of football in Moscow, England and Colombia were inseparable at 1-1 and the Three Lions came into a penalty shootout without a single World Cup win in the format.
However, misses from Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca meant Dier had the opportunity to put England’s penalty demons to bed and propel them to the quarter-finals.
David Ospina got his fingertips to the effort but Dier made no mistake from 12 yards.
Cue wild celebrations on the pitch, in the dug-out, across the stadium and in just about every home and pub back home in England.
England beat Colombia on penalties
The reaction of the England players were just a joy to watch and the latest example of the team spirit Gareth Southgate has forged in his latest squad.
The crop of 2018 are far from England’s most talented team, gone are the standout individuals of the ‘Golden Generation,’ but it has been a while since fans have seen this level of teamwork.
As the ball hit the back of the net, the players rushed to Jordan Pickford who had saved Bacca’s penalty and pulled off a save of the tournament contender during the game.
Dier’s awkward celebration
That included Dier himself, who sought to involve himself in the melee of England players on the Moscow pitch.
And, well, let’s just say he had mixed success.
Most fans missed his awkward moment during the delirium of the celebrations but a few eagle-eyed fans on Twitter couldn’t help spotting Dier completely misjudge his effort.
The Tottenham man looked to jump on the back of Pickford only for Harry Kane to drag him out of the way at the last minute.
In the end, Dier settled for a little glee jump and a u-turn – check it out:
Dier won’t exactly be awarded style points for his celebration, that’s for sure.
Given the magnitude of the game, however, the 24-year-old won’t allow a split second of embarrassment to dampen the ecstasy of his winning penalty.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a nervous one.
“I’ve never really been in a situation like that before but felt I had to score after missing the header at the end so I’m just thankful I scored!
“To get knocked down like we did is difficult to come back from. We knew what we had to do and we stayed calm. We never panicked. We were ready for that.”
Roll on Sweden.
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