Jordan Henderson was a relieved man when England defeated Colombia on penalties.
When the Liverpool midfielder saw his penalty saved by David Ospina to give the South Americans an advantage, it looked like England were set for yet another shootout defeat.
Luckily for Henderson, though, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier held their nerve as Mateus Uribe hit the bar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca.
“I felt we controlled the game before they got an equaliser from the set-piece at the end which was disappointing, but you have to expect that in the World Cup,” Henderson reflected after the game.
“We came back and dug in but it went to penalties and thankfully we came through.
HENDERSON VS COLOMBIA
“We have been practicing them for a while now and the manager picked the five that he wanted.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t score but the other lads were brilliant, especially Jordan (Pickford) for making the save and Eric (Dier) handing us the win.
“We showed a real togetherness tonight in a difficult game.”
HENDERSON’S JAMES RODRIGUEZ GESTURE
However, amidst all the emotion after the game, Henderson made time for a truly classy gesture.
James Rodriguez missed the game through injury and was seen crying in the Colombia dug-out all by himself after the full-time whistle.
The Colombian needed a moment to himself to digest the result and later tweeted the sad image later in the evening.
Henderson made sure he wasn’t alone, though, walking over to 2014 Golden Boot winner to console him about the defeat in a truly classy moment.
Take a look at the photographs below:
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 3, 2018
Take a bow, Jordan.
With all the celebrations unfolding around him, it took some serious class for Henderson to make the walk to the opposition dug-out and pass on his condolences.
Say what you like about Henderson’s performances, there are few classy players in the modern game and he’s shown it time and time again for both Liverpool and England.
The Three Lions now move onto the challenge of Sweden on Saturday to set up a potential semi-final clash with either Croatia or Russia.
It represents a potential path to the World Cup final that may only appear once in a lifetime.
The struggles of the Colombia game highlight problems that may lay ahead, though, so it’s important that England don’t get ahead of themselves.
However, for the moment at least, there’s plenty to celebrate.