"I felt exhausted, stressed, elated".
But the difference came in the final minutes of extra time.
Veteran striker Radamel Falcao who was a flop in his brief stint in England with Manchester United and Chelsea will have added incentive to down the nation that gave him his worst phase in footballing life.
"To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in extra time, you know, it's hard to come back from that".
Colombia's stand-out player from the tournament will be Mina, whose headers earned him the nickname "Mina de Oro" or gold mine, after they carried Colombia to victories against Senegal and Poland in the group stage.
"A bit of apprehension for tonight but I think they'll go at it like they didn't against the Tunisians, hopefully score in the first 20 minutes".
Jordan Henderson's miss in the penalty shootout looked to give Colombia the edge, but misses from Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca, followed by Eric Dier's victor put England into the quarter-finals.
Substitute Danny Rose nearly struck an extra-time victor when his angled shot whistled beyond the far post, and Eric Dier headed over unmarked at a corner before England's luck deserted them again in all too familiar fashion.
"It's a long time coming home".
With the game precariously-tied at 1-1, the match went into extra-time and then penalties.
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"I did all my research", Pickford said. "But we've been courageous, we've fought hard, we've never thrown in the towel".
Speaking post-match, as reported by Sky Sports, he said: "It was a night where I knew we'd get over the line".
There were cheers and celebrations from a small number of Three Lions fans inside Lost Rivers in Elephant and Castle, south London, where - just like in Moscow's Spartak Stadium - the majority of those watching were supporting Colombia.
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With neither country able to conjure a victor in extra-time, it went to the lottery of spot-kicks.
Supporters hugged and danced when the penalty was given and the fans' zone erupted when it was tucked away. Six years later and just four days after the Spain game, England's old rivals repeated the trick. I thought it was a good game. I apologise to the Colombian people, but the players are not to blame as we don't choose the referees.