England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced perhaps the greatest save of the Cup so far – but there were no televised replays of the magnificent goalkeeping moment.
Just moments before Colombia equalised, Pickford quickly reacted to send a long-range effort from Mateus Uribe over the bar.
The 24-year-old’s save was lauded by viewers on social media, but outrage soon took over when there was no replays of the goalkeeper’s heroics.
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Jordan Pickford made the save of his life and nobody even saw it properly.
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) July 3, 2018
WAS THAT A TOP HAND SAVE BY JORDAN PICKFORD THAT HELPED US THROUGH??🤔🤔
— Tony Elliott (@TEGK1) July 3, 2018
— ASBYT 📱 (@ASB_YT) July 3, 2018
Following the Pickford save Colombia quickly equalised from the resulting corner, and the goal took deserved attention away from the keeper’s brilliant piece of goalkeeping.
How about Jordan Pickford folks. His save before the Mina equalizer might have been save of the tournament, and his save in the penalty shootout was excellent. Impressive showing for a young goalkeeper growing into his role.
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 3, 2018
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) July 3, 2018
The Everton goalkeeper then went on to produce a crucial moment in the penalty shootout, snapping one of the most famous football ‘curses’ in World Cup history.
“Well I just did our research for starters,” Pickford said to ITV.
“I don’t care if I’m not the biggest goalkeeper, I’ve got the power and agility to get around the goal and I’ve got to make the save and be in the moment and I was.”
Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick as England won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time in this their fourth attempt, edging past Colombia 4-3 to set up a quarter-final against Sweden.
Harry Kane’s sixth goal of the World Cup appeared enough to secure England’s first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, the Three Lions captain scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez.
But Colombia took the last-16 tie into extra-time with a dramatic equaliser in the 93rd minute in Moscow on Tuesday, Yerry Mina climbing highest in the box to score a head in Juan Cuadrado’s corner.
In the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson’s poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions.
And the substitute kept his nerve, Dier drilling home his spot-kick even though Ospina dived the right way, with England now set to take on Sweden on Saturday in Samara.
The South Americans were without James Rodriguez due to injury and could have had Wilmar Barrios sent off in the first half when he appeared to aim a headbutt into Henderson’s chest and chin.
Harry Kane’s penalty against Colombia in the World Cup last-16 tie made him the first England player to score in six consecutive internationals since 1939.
Having been fouled by Carlos Sanchez, Kane – after a lengthy delay caused by Colombia’s protests to referee Mark Geiger – duly kept his cool to break the deadlock from 12 yards.
It brought up the Tottenham star’s sixth goal of the tournament, and also saw England’s captain equal Tommy Lawton’s 79-year-old record.
Kane’s strike also sees the 24-year-old match Lionel Messi’s total record of World Cup goals, on his debut at the tournament.