It was a match that will take pride of place on the mantle piece of English football history, such was the significance of England winning their first penalty shootout since 1996 and only their second of eight at major international tournaments.
But before the spot kick drama that somehow ended in redemption as Eric Dier blasted the ball beyond the flailing palm of David Opsina, England were in full control of Colombia for all but the last of the initial ninety minutes – at which point Yerry Mina rose highest at a corner.
During that spell of consistent dominance, even if it didn’t quite convert into a comfortable scoreline, plenty of individuals stood out for their courage and composure. Although England couldn’t quite make things happen in the final third, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson pulled off an imperious one-man-band act in central midfield.
The back three too hardly put a foot wrong. Harry Maguire mixed majestic football with beastly defending, John Stones remained calm throughout and although Kyle Walker was culpable for one error that could have cost the Three Lions dearly, the £45million-rated Manchester City defender was otherwise flawless.
But, of course, England still required Harry Kane to provide the cutting edge and in addition to opening the scoring, the Tottenham star was the immovable pillar of Gareth Southgate’s attack – holding up the ball to win eleven aerial duels and nine fouls.
So, England fans, who was your Man of the Match from an exhilarating night that expelled so many historic demons? Let us know by taking part below and giving individual performance ratings for each of the players involved…