Fans were put through the emotional mill though as the joy of Harry Kane's second half penalty turned to despair when Columbia equalised from a corner deep into injury time.
Colombian keeper David Ospina saved Jordan Henderson's effort, but Jordan Pickford turned away Carlos Bacca's attempt after Manuel Uribe hit the bar.
Millions of Britons were glued to televisions to watch the intense World Cup match that saw England battling - and defeating - Colombia in Russian Federation.
After England beat Jose Pekerman's side on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, the paper released the following 'apology'. Can this World Cup get any more mental?
No previous world champions stand between England and the final.
'We knew what would get thrown at us and that was kind of silly from him.
England have beaten Colombia on penalties.
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Southgate has admitted it would never get off his back but leading England to their first ever shootout success at a World Cup is some redemption at least.
Maradona, whose celebration of Argentina's dramatic win over Nigeria that sealed a place in the knockout stages will provide one of the lasting memories of Russian Federation 2018, was particularly scathing of Geiger's decision to award a spot-kick to England when Kane was dragged to ground by Carlos Sanchez.
He should also be given credit for insisting his players practice penalties, even bringing in a psychologist to help them, after a succession of his predecessors wrote the whole process off as a lottery beyond their control.
England manager Gareth Southgate likely was fine with that ratio, however, noting after the game, "I thought there were many, many fouls in the game and I don't think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents", per Stuart James of the Guardian.
"I don't know what [Geiger] is used to, but he was very impressed by Cristiano [Ronaldo]", he said, per the Guardian. "I think we've always underestimated them", Southgate said.
The biggest flashpoint of the first period came in the 40th minute, when Barrios appeared to head butt Jordan Henderson with Kieran Trippier setting up to take a free-kick.
"We did our research on them, with Margetson and the analysis staff", Pickford said.