WORLD CUP 2018 | England’s maiden shoot-out victory

England break jinx but nothing won yet

Overhype can backfire as they need a Plan B instead of relying on penalties and set pieces

Outside the Spartak Stadium stands a 24.5-metre sculpture of the gladiator Spartacus after whom the facility is named.

Inside the arena, England played like warriors to see off Colombia 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time, marching into the quarter-finals and possibly ultimate World Cup glory.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'England break jinx but nothing won yet'. Print Edition | Subscribe