Spurs players show nerves of steel to send Colombia and Davinson Sanchez packing
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Despite an excellent performance by Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham’s Englishmen were celebrating shoot-out success in the last-16 of the competition
England’s Tottenham Hotspur players kept their nerve to help their country win a first-ever penalty shoot-out at a World Cup and knock out club colleague Davinson Sanchez and Colombia as a result.
On a topsy-turvy night of international football, the Three Lions appeared on course for the quarter-finals when captain Harry Kane scored from the spot in the 57th minute after he was dragged to the floor by Carlos Sanchez.
Colombia’s Yerry Mina equalised in the last minute of stoppage time, however, to set up extra-time and eventually a penalty shoot-out.
Given England’s record when it comes to spot-kicks, the nation held their breath, but three of the Spurs players in the squad displayed calm heads.
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Kane scored, Kieran Trippier buried his and although Jordan Henderson saw his effort saved, Mateus Uribe hit the crossbar and when Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca, the Three Lions had a penalty to win the tie.
Up stepped Eric Dier, who had come on towards the end of the 90 minutes, and he fired low into the corner to beat Arsenal and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina and send the country wild.
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It was a deserved victory for Gareth Southgate’s men, who had played the better football in the 120 minutes.
They had to deal with some rough and unsporting tactics from Colombia, but with the help of skipper Kane, retained their composure and bounced back brilliantly from conceding a late leveller in normal time.
Spurs and England’s star forward played the whole 120, alongside Trippier, while Dier made it through 40 minutes after replacing Dele Alli in the 80th minute, and Danny Rose was introduced in the 102nd minute.
While the Tottenham players in the Three Lions squad were celebrating come the end of a pulsating contest, it was heartbreak for Davinson Sanchez.
The Colombian had been a rock at the back for the South Americans and always seemed to be on the end of every cross into the area.
He was colossal, but it couldn’t stop the 22-year-old and his nation exiting the competition in the last-16.
Nevertheless, Davinson Sanchez can be mightily proud of his performances during his maiden World Cup campaign.
At the end of the tie, the Colombian embraced his Spurs team-mates in the England squad and will no doubt wish them luck in the latter stages of the tournament.
Next up for the Three Lions is Saturday’s last-eight clash with Sweden, which kicks-off at 3pm.