Jordan Pickford saves England, John Stones impresses, Dele Alli struggles

Jordan Pickford was the hero as England overcame Colombia in a dramatic penalty shootout in Moscow to earn their first victory in a knockout match for 12 years and book their place in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Harry Kane's second-half penalty opened the scoring in the 57th minute after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner kick, but Yerry Mina's towering header in injury time sent the match all the way to penalties.

Jordan Henderson missed for England, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar before Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca, giving Dier the chance to send England their first tournament shootout triumph since Euro 96.


This team proved it can emerge victorious -- eventually -- in the heated cauldron of knockout football, after what was as much a test of emotional control as technical quality. Colombia tried to turn this game into a petulant scrap and then threatened to break England hearts, but they gathered themselves and managed to banish a torrid history of shootout misery.


Much of England's best moves from open play come to nothing -- David Ospina was tested almost as rarely as Pickford -- and they will need more than set pieces to get past Sweden. They also wilted badly, if understandably, in the wake of Mina's goal.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Southgate's game plan was borne out by 92 minutes of control and undone by one set piece. His players' resistance to Colombian provocation also spoke well of their manager, but England still do not create enough. But Dier and Marcus Rashford, two of his substitutes, were key to a shootout victory for which he promised his team were ready.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Jordan Pickford, 8 -- So well protected by his back three for most of the night that his workload consisted of long-range shots from Juan Quintero. He made a brilliant late save to keep out Uribe's long-range screamer, but could do nothing to deny Mina's towering header. Made himself a hero in the shootout.

DF Kieran Trippier, 7 -- Less of a factor going forward than in the group games, but his brilliant set-piece deliveries again represented his team's biggest attacking threat and led to Kane's penalty. Just too short to stop Mina's header going in off the crossbar, but scored a fantastic penalty.

DF Kyle Walker, 6 -- Generally more solid with his positioning and decision making than previously in this tournament, but was very fortunate not to bring about a Colombia equaliser when he gifted the ball to Bacca in his own half, only for Juan Cuadrado to bail him out by blazing over.

DF John Stones, 8 -- Produced one of the most convincing performances of his career at the heart of the England defence, snuffing out danger early and winning the majority of his duels in the air and on the floor. Also resisted the wilder impulses in possession that have led people to doubt him.

DF Harry Maguire, 8 -- Excellent in possession and calm with his decisions even when pressed. Did more than his bit to keep Radamel Falcao and later Bacca in check and was also a big threat to Colombia from attacking set pieces. Needs to work on his diving, though.

DF Ashley Young, 6 -- Never gave an inch to Cuadrado and picked the right moments to dash forward into crossing positions, though none of his forays yielded significant chances. Was perhaps lucky not to be sent off when his studs caught Wilmar Barrios on the ankle in extra time.

MF Jordan Henderson, 6 -- Passed reliably when he got the ball, but Colombia largely took him out of the game. His attempts at more ambitious distribution often went astray. Allowed himself to be drawn into a running battle with Barrios, with both fortunate to avoid red cards. Also telegraphed his penalty, which Ospina saved.

MF Jesse Lingard, 6 -- A willing and intelligent runner as ever, but made all the wrong decisions on the ball and his touch failed him at key moments. Made up for a bad attacking night somewhat by relentlessly tracking back to help his defence.

MF Dele Alli, 5 -- Protected against Belgium with this game in mind, but still doesn't look right. He was a step slower than everyone else on the pitch and his passing was disappointingly sloppy. Replaced by Dier on 81 minutes as part of Southgate's vain attempt to see the game out.

FW Raheem Sterling, 6 -- Consistently made himself available to receive the ball and protected it under serious physical pressure. Also kept his head in the face of relentless provocation from Colombian players and staff. It was not his night in terms of end product, though, and he was rarely on the same wavelength as Lingard.

FW Harry Kane, 7 -- The coolest head on the pitch, nervelessly winning and converting his penalty after a monumental delay. Provided a good focal point, but it is hard not to conclude that his tendency to drop deep to aid England's possession game contributed to their toothlessness from open play. But did anyone ever doubt he would score in the shootout?


MF Eric Dier, 6 -- Brought on for Alli with 10 minutes left to shore up the midfield alongside Henderson but offered little. Repeatedly gave the ball away, was slow in the tackle and missed a clear header from an excellent Trippier corner in extra time... only to redeem himself with the winning penalty.

FW Jamie Vardy, 6 -- Brought on for Sterling with two minutes of the 90 minutes to go, he didn't get much opportunity to make an impact beyond one volley straight at Ospina from an offside position.

DF Danny Rose 6 -- Occasionally drifted too far upfield to be a realistic outlet for the back three as Colombia pressed, but his fresh legs were dangerous going forward and one low shot from a tight angle went just wide.

FW Marcus Rashford, 6 -- Brought on in extra time to take a penalty, he dispatched his brilliantly.