The nation stood still as England lined up against Colombia for their highly anticipated round of 16 clash.
Not since the days of the ‘Golden Generation’ had England won a knockout game at a World Cup, yet this summer’s tournament presented a tantalising route through the rounds.
Sweden awaited the winners in the quarter-final, while semi-final opponents will either be Croatia or Russia.
A number of shocks throughout the competition meant that England had, on paper, possibly their easiest route to a World Cup final in a lifetime.
Before anyone got carried away, though, the stern challenge of 2014 quarter-finals Colombia awaited.
ENGLAND VS COLOMBIA
The game quickly turned into a cagey affair, both Colombia and England enjoying dominate spells without threatening David Ospina or Jordan Pickford.
In fact, the most dramatic moment of the opening 45 minutes came off the ball when Jordan Henderson looked be headbutted from an England free-kick.
The referee spotted the Liverpool midfielder go to ground in the wall before Kieran Trippier took the set piece, leading to a stoppage and an eventual yellow card.
DAVID MEYLER WINS TWITTER
Although the action wasn’t exactly Zinedine Zidane in 2006, it certainly looked like a red card offence and Wilmar Barrios will certainly feel lucky he’s still on the pitch.
Unsurprisingly, the episode caused quite the reaction on Twitter and despite all the big names reacting, it was David Meyler who posted the finest tweet of the lot.
Meyler has his fair share of experience with heabutts and he nailed his tweet as a result, check it:
Alan Pardew got red for something similar 😂
— David Meyler (@DavidMeyler7) July 3, 2018
Sensational stuff, David.
In one of the strangest moments in recent Premier League history, Alan Pardew was sent off during a Hull City vs Newcastle United match for a headbutt on Meyler.
Newcastle promptly fined Pardew £100,000 and gave him a formal warning for the incident in 2014.
The Henderson-Barrios incident wasn’t quite as dramatic, but a different refereeing decision could have completely changed the game.
Thankfully, though, Harry Kane ensured the incident didn’t define England’s fortunes on the night.
Colombia finally lived to regret their dirt tactics on the night with Kane dispatching his third penalty of the tournament with aplomb.