Colombia were dealt a major blow before kickoff with James Rodriguez, one of the stars of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, ruled out with a calf injury he suffered in their final group game against Senegal. Nobody qualifying for the World Cup last 16 gets lucky.
English fans reportedly celebrated their side's defeat by Belgium as it supposedly guaranteed them an easier path to the final of the competition, with local media already going into a frenzy about their chances.
England started strongly, landing a series of penalties in the early minutes of the game, and giving coach Gareth Southgate's team the chance to execute a series of the setpieces that the new coach has become known for - but couldn't quite convert them. With a matchup against Colombia (No. 10 according to Elo), followed by either Switzerland or Sweden, and then either Russian Federation or Croatia, some see a clear path to the final match.
The other half of the draw includes the fearsome quartet of Brazil, France, Uruguay and Belgium.
England finished second in Group G after a promising start saw them beat Tunisia with a late victor and thrash Panama 6-1.
Kane's strike also sees the 24-year-old match Lionel Messi's total record of World Cup goals, on his debut at the tournament.
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This year was only the second time in history that the team made it through the group stages to the final sixteen. Four years ago, Hazard's then manager at Chelsea Jose Mourinho said: "Ronaldo and Messi are Ronaldo and Messi".
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Colombia's Carlos Sanchez has insisted England a far more than a one-man team reliant on their captain Harry Kane . Petkovic added: 'Those who know me realise I am not clinging on to the thought of what could be just in this match.
Mina, the Barcelona bruiser who has scored two goals from set-pieces, "There is a reason that Harry Kane is the top scorer so far at the tournament - because he is one of the best strikers in the world". Though Colombia are unsafe without Rodriguez, having their star available would be a huge boost, as the Bayern Munich man was involved in 48 percent of Colombia's goals in qualifying, and added two assists in just 152 minutes so far in Russian Federation. He'd love to end that scoreless run on Tuesday, if his health allows. But England bounced back to win and remain in Russian Federation.
England advance to face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Sunday (NZ time).
"It would be nice to knock out England as they eliminated us from the France World Cup in 1998", she said.
"As a group of lads, it is a young squad but we still have those experienced players in there and the team spirit is incredible at the moment".
While the English may already be planning their World Cup celebrations, Pekerman and his side will be thinking otherwise and they certainly posses enough quality to book date with either Sweden or Switzerland in the last eight of Russian Federation 2018.
Against Sweden, the Swiss won't have captain Stephan Lichtsteiner or fellow defender Fabian Schaer, each of whom has two yellow cards.