Indeed it was only when fatigue became more of a factor, when tiredness began to affect England players rested for the previous game but now slowing as the match moved torturously towards its conclusion, did Colombia start to look more unsafe.
England were within minutes of reaching the last eight in normal time thanks to a Harry Kane penalty until it conceded an injury-time goal - Yerry Mina powered in a header - which allowed the South Americans to live on to extra-time and, ultimately, penalties. England eventually won on the last kick of a penalty shootout after the teams were tied at 1-1 after 30 minutes of extra time.
Rodriguez looked dejected at full time, sitting alone on the bench, and later took to social media to post a picture of himself crying. And after England's Jordan Henderson saw his spot kick saved, it looked like it was Colombia who were heading to Samara to face Sweden on Saturday.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios should have been shown a straight red card after appearing to headbutt England star Jordan Henderson.
But Colombia's team selection made that a nonstarter.
After four minutes of mayhem as the Colombians protested, Kane kept his cool and smashed in his third spot kick of Russian Federation 2018.
"Our mindset and mentality, we never stopped, " he said.
But if the quarter-finals play out the way people expect them to, Croatia will be waiting for the Three Lions in the semi-finals, and Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic will feast on England's limited midfield. It's all about the set position and I got a hand to it.
Three Tottenham players - Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier - were responsible for scoring past Arsenal's Ospina, along with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford. "No one laid on the floor and we stood there when it counted", Kane told the BBC.
England were the better side without looking too unsafe but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often.
"It's a big night for England", Kane said. However, he hasn't looked match fit at this tournament, so it's not clear if he'll feature against England or not. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper in the world. Maturana complained that before he took over, he was watching "Valderrama on the bench while [defensive midfielder] Pedro Sarmiento was playing, based on a starting point that the opponent is more important than one's own team".