England made history this week by winning their first ever World Cup penalty shootout, after beating Columbia in the Last 16 in Russia. England led through Harry Kane’s 57th minute penalty, until the 94th minute when Barcelona’s Yerry Mina equalised from a Colombian corner. The Three Lions will now face Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.
The dramatic last 16 win was watched by an average of 20.1m, eclipsing the 18m that tuned into England’s last match with Belgium. During the nerve-wracking penalty shootout 23.6m people tuned into ITV, with a further 3.3m requests to stream the drama on the ITV Hub.
The win over Colombia also broke the “ITV curse.” Of all the England World Cup games broadcast on the network over the last 20 years, the team had only won one. On the BBC, they have emerged victorious in nine out of 13 matches.
England fans across the world celebrated the win for Southgate’s men, none more so than ITV pundits Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Gary Neville.