Penalty demons exorcised as England set up World Cup clash with Sweden

Penalty demons exorcised as England set up World Cup clash with Sweden

Penalty demons exorcised as England set up World Cup clash with Sweden

Amid a few penalty puns there was universal praise for the contributions of Jordan Pickford and Eric Dier to England's first-ever win on penalties in the World Cup, along with excitement for Saturday's clash with Sweden.

Dier was the man who scored the dramatic victor after England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had earlier stopped Carlos Bacca's strike.

Staying behind to savour England's triumphant penalty shootout, they belted out a stirring rendition of Please Don't Take Me Home - a chant also adopted by Wales fans during Euro 2016. The celebrations, however, did not end in the field as Southgate and his boys took to social media to express their delight.

"He's a very good player, but I'm not sure if he would be able to break into one of the top sides in England". We lost once, and the others were a draw and, going back before that, Sweden have beaten England in big games.

"Jordan (Pickford) is a fantastic goalkeeper and deserves everything, ' Dier added".

Thirty minutes of extra time failed to celebrate the sides, before the young England team exorcised the demons of shootouts past with a 4-3 spotkick win.


Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the stoppages caused by Neymar's antics stalled his team during their 2-0 last-16 loss to Brazil, claiming the Paris Saint-Germain forward's reaction to Miguel Layun stepping on his leg was a "shame for football".

"SPOT-PICK HERO" - More penalty puns from the Star on the back page with Pickford's save the focus, after England "finally ended their penalty hoodoo".

"In life, we always have to believe in what is possible and not be hindered by history or the expectations". After a tense 30 minutes which was dominated from Colombians, the tie moved into penalties.

The report reads: "Manager Gareth Southgate did not want the moment to pass and, although he hopes there are more times like this with his squad, he wanted them all to recognise their achievements".

"Great save and very important from his point of view because he had a bit of stick after the Belgium match, which I didn't go along with, and it was great to see him do that".

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