Sunday 22 July 2018

England fans were so excited they watched the penalties all over again on ITV+1

It’s a little easier to watch when you know what happens.

England players celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out in their last-16 game against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup – (Matthias Schrader/AP)
England players celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out in their last-16 game against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup – (Matthias Schrader/AP)

By Max McLean, Press Association

After England fans were put through a gruelling penalty shoot-out which the Three Lions eventually won, what better way to wind down than to watch them all over again.

At least this time they knew what was coming, and that a happy ending was on its way, re-watching England’s first ever World Cup penalty shootout win safe in the knowledge that Eric Dier would score the winner.

It certainly is a little easier on the nerves when you know what’s about to happen. Jordan Henderson’s miss didn’t seem so devastating the second time around.

England went 1-0 up through a Harry Kane penalty in normal time before Colombia equalised with just minutes left, but Gareth Southgate’s team triumphed 4-3 on penalties to secure a quarter-final against Sweden.

England had lost on penalties in 1990, 1998 and 2006 at previous World Cups, going out to Germany, Argentina and Portugal. Their luck changed however after a hard-fought game against Colombia.

Just how far can England go in this World Cup? If they reach the semi-final you can be sure the fans will be re-watching the highlights for years to come.

Press Association

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