Wed, Jul 4, 11:27am by Staff Writer
England has reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after emerging victorious from a tense penalty shootout against Colombia overnight.
After Yerry Mina tied the game late in stoppage time to send the match to extra time, it was left to a penalty shootout to decide the outcome of the match.
England had never won a penalty shootout at a World Cup before, and their form in major tournaments over recent years has been poor.
Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s attempt at goal, with Eric Dier scoring the clinching goal.
England now progress to the quarterfinals, as the shortest priced favourite of the eight teams remaining to win their next match, priced at $1.83 to defeat Sweden in Samara.
In a low scoring match in Saint Petersburg, an Emil Forsberg goal midway through the second half gave Sweden a memorable 1-0 win against Switzerland.
It was a disappointing result for the Swiss who went into the match as favourites. Sweden has now won its past three matches at this World Cup, but face a tough task against England in the quarterfinals. They are priced as $4.50 underdogs to win that match.
Tournament favourites Brazil ($4) face their sternest test of the tournament so far when they play Belgium in Kazan on Saturday.
The Brazilians are $2.10 to win the match, with Belgium priced at $3.50. The draw is paying $3.40.
Belgium were fortunate to progress in regular time against Japan last time out after trailing 2-0. That result may have been a wake up call for the Belgians, after it had been smooth sailing in the group stages.
Uruguay are $4.33 underdogs against France in Nizhny Novgorod on Saturday morning.
France are $2 favourites to win the match and equal second favourites with England at $5 to win the tournament.
France’s main concern is that they will play either Brazil or Belgium if they progress, with England featured in a far easier side of the draw.
The remaining quarterfinal pits host Russia against Croatia on Sunday morning.
The hosts have exceeded expectations in this tournament so far, which started with a rousing 5-0 thumping against Saudi Arabia.
In the round of 16 they shocked one of the tournament fancies Spain in a penalty shootout, holding their nerve when it mattered most.
They face Croatia are $3.75 outsiders in Sochi, with the Balkan nation $2.20 favourites. The draw is paying $3.
Croatia were apart of one of the most unpredictable matches of the World Cup in their round of 16 match against Denmark. Luka Modric missed a penalty in the 116th minute to send the match to extra time, where they fell over the line with a win.
If Croatia defeat Russia, England will most likely await in what will be a monumental match for both nations given their futility at major tournaments in recent years.
FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals Odds – Sportsbet
Uruguay $4.33 Draw $3.10 France $2
Brazil $2.10 Draw $3.40 Belgium $3.50
Sweden $4.50 Draw $3.40 England $1.83
Russia $3.75 Draw $3 Croatia $2.20
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