England's penalty shootout drama reels in TV viewers

Croatia world cup win

Croatia world cup win

Gareth Southgate's England created history in what was a bad-tempered last-16 clash with Colombia in Moscow as they secured a first-ever World Cup penalty shoot-out victory.

Luck often has not accompanied Croatia in the knockout stages after bright tournament starts, but having bounced back from the blow of Luka Modric's missed penalty four minutes before the end of extra-time in the last 16, the time for a highly talented generation may have come.

England's win against Colombia on penalties kicked off celebrations up and down the country and one man who would have been happier than anyone was Gareth Southgate who took time to thank fans for their impact.

A pub where a mass brawl broke out during yesterday's England match has announced it will not be showing any more World Cup games.

"They are tough", Southgate told ITV about shootouts. "I think they have the quality". The Croats were one of only two teams to win all their group games but needed a penalty shootout to overcome Denmark on Sunday.

Europe and South America will do battle again for football supremacy in the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals but with numerous usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist. The Chelsea man plays the game with an impressive subtlety and has been a crucial component in a French team which has advanced to the quarter finals on the back of his artistry in the French engine room.

WHY CROATIA WINS: The Croatians are just as balanced as Brazil or England - and might have the best box-to-box midfield tandem in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

England is now set to play in the quarterfinals of the world championship against Sweden in the city of Samara on July 7.

"But I would say at the moment England - nobody speaks about England but they are risky - Brazil or France".

Sofia said she would now support England and thinks they have a good chance of making it the final.

Brazil's defensive record under coach Tite has been remarkable, with only six goals conceded in 25 matches, and they have been just as miserly in Russian Federation.

Preston now has no outdoor big screen provision for watching the games, unlike many other cities and towns across the UK.

"We still have a long way to go in this tournament", Kane, who also scored in the shootout, said as the expectations of England fans rise at the prospect of a less than intimidating match with Sweden and a semi-final against Russian Federation or Croatia.

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