Though usually the best-case scenario is finishing first, the unpredictable nature of the first two rounds of the group stage has meant that numerous tournament's favourites have actually finished second in their group (or have been knocked out altogether). Colombia's players were sinking to their knees and England had reminded a global audience that, contrary to the impression they may have given for much of the previous 30 years, they do know how to win a penalty shootout, after all.
England boss Southgate should have a full-strength squad to choose from after resting eight players for the final group game against Belgium.
Best World Cup finish: Quarterfinals, 2014.
Best World Cup finish: Champion, 1966.
Sweden beat Switzerland to set up possible quarter-final with England
Sweden's goal came via a deflection and Switzerland rarely looked like scoring after going behind. Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.
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Koke and Iago Aspas then both failed in the shoot-out, marking a disappointing end to the midfielder's glorious Spain career. Spanish captain Sergio Ramos was in tears on the pitch after losing to Russian Federation in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
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Under the guidance of Argentine maestro Pekerman, a new generation has since emerged and this game represents the chance for them to prove their credentials and reach back-to-back World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the country's history.
Colombia's star player James Rodriguez is a major doubt because of a calf injury, but a scan has revealed no muscle tear so he may be fit.
England have won only two of the eight World Cup knockout games they have played - the last was a 1-0 win over Ecuador in the 2006 tournament in Germany.
Harry Kane scored a second-half penalty to put England into the lead but they could not hold on and Mina headed in from a corner in the 93rd minute. The last time they failed to find the net was in a 2-0 loss to England in the 1998 edition. The reason was not hard to understand: "Belgium played far more creative, imaginative and positive soccer". "Prediction: Colombia 0 England 2".
Dozens of fans crowd around televisions in bars, and one hostel owner in Palomino, a poor town and popular tourist spot on the Caribbean coast, expects the England game to be no different at her Oasis Hostel. The talk around this England campaign to this point is threatening to build up an unhealthy expectation to match that one. As well as incorporating elements of play into even the duller parts of training, like a warm-down - he had players racing inflatable unicorns in the pool - the coach had players practicing penalties ahead of the Colombia game. And England's current squad features Harry Kane, who has already scored five goals in Russian Federation 2018.