Unfortunately, for the fans gathered at the airport, extra time failed to produce a victor and the match went to penalty kicks, where against the prevailing tides of history, England did the unthinkable and won.
The result means that Colombia must wait at least another four years for their first appearance in the World Cup quarter finals, while England will now head to Samara full of confidence after shaking off their penalty shootout hoodoo.
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Colombia were dealt a huge blow before kick-off as James Rodriguez failed to shake off a calf injury, the Bayern Munich midfielder not even fit enough for a place on the bench. When the fifth, and potentially decisive, England penalty fell to a player who has had to endure much of this tournament on the bench.
Pickford will likely go down as the hero for England, although the Everton man had come under fire in the build-up to the game following his failure to keep out Adnan Januzaj's winning goal for Belgium in the Three Lions' final Group G fixture. Both teams started to lose their composure late in the first half, and Colombia, in particular, continued after the break, with a ton of dirty fouls and bookings to follow.
As the two teams get ready to battle each other for a spot in the Quarter-Final, we run the rule over the two squads.
Just to give a bit of context to this, England have never won a penalty shootout at the World Cup before today.
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Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli were among nine players recalled for England after Gareth Southgate rested most his first-choice side for their final group game against Belgium. More debating made Kane wait for several minutes before he calmly hit into the middle of the net with Ospina diving to his right - their ninth goal in Russian Federation and seventh from a set piece. We've not got a good record against them, we've always underestimated them, they have good players and a clear way of playing, and it's bloody hard to play against.
Here are the key takeaways from the final match of the round of 16.
The Three Lions can continue believing that it's coming home.
However, Uribe's attempt hit the crossbar and Kieran Trippier levelled, then Pickford produced a super one-handed save to deny Bacca, before Dier fired home the victor. They had most of the crowd support but also argued every decision of American referee Mark Geiger in an at times ill-tempered affair, with Carlos Barrios lucky not to be sent off as one of six Colombians booked.
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