England ended their penalty hoodoo with a 4-3 shootout win over Colombia. © AFP “Just Diernamite!” screamed the Sun after Eric Dier ended England’s penalty hoodoo in Russia, slotting home the decisive spot-kick to beat Colombia and qualify for the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals. A bare-chested, grinning Dier was labelled the “Coolest Man in Moscow” by the Daily Mail, who added with a touch of hyperbole: “The explosion of relief must have been heard in space.” The Daily Mirror hailed: “Justice as Lions win do-or-Dier shootout” following the 4-3 win on spot-kicks in Moscow. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford earned rave reviews, with the Sun hailing the “Hand of Jord”, harking back back to Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” incident in 1986, when the Argentine put the ball into the net with his hand.The paper revels in being able to at last print: “It’s the headline we have waited a lifetime to write… England win on penalties (Yes really!)”.The Times announced drily: “Souvenir edition — commemorating an England penalty shootout win.”Colombia are roundly panned for their behaviour, with England captain Harry Kane and his team complimented for their coolness in the face of intimidation.Several former referees writing in the press said… Read full this story
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