MOSCOW — ENGLAND edged Colombia 4-3 in penalties for the first time on a night of high drama in Moscow to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup.
Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner.
Gareth Southgate’s team looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Yerry Mina equalised with a 93rd-minute header as the giant Colombian defender scored for the third game in a row.
Amid a fevered atmosphere inside Spartak Stadium, Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save from Carlos Bacca.
England’s famous victory sets up a meeting with Sweden in Samara on Saturday, a game that can be seen live across the BBC.
Manager Gareth Southgate celebrated with his staff while his players mobbed the heroes Pickford and Dier after their first win at the knockout stage of major tournament since 2006.Follow @gorkhapost
France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title
MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.
France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.
Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.
The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.
Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.
Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.
Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.Follow @gorkhapost