The hectic World Cup clash between England and Colombia tonight saw Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produce one of the most incredible saves in recent history, only for his stunning efforts to be immediately forgotten as the South Americans equalized from the ensuing corner.
The two sides went head to head in the last of the tournament’s last-16 ties tonight, with England’s final Group day loss at the hands of Belgium having resulted in the Three Lions being pitted against Group H winners Colombia.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018
The opening 45 minutes saw few chances of note created, with England having looked the superior side as Colombia struggled badly without talisman James Rodriguez.
However, Gareth Southgate’s men were unable to turn their dominance in possession into a goal over the course of the first-half, with the countries having headed into the interval level.
England were eventually rewarded for their superiority on the night ten minutes into the second-half, though, when a tangle between Carlos Sanchez and Harry Kane in the Colombia box saw the latter go to ground, and a spot-kick awarded.
Kane himself then stepped up to confidently dispatch the ensuing penalty, taking his tally for the tournament to a hugely-impressive 6 goals.
The Three Lions looked comfortable for the majority of the remaining half-hour, as Colombia continued to toil without the creative influence of James Rodriguez.
But, just when it looked as though all hope was lost for Jose Pekerman’s men, central defender Yerry Mina popped up with a towering 93rd-minute header from a corner to send the clash to extra-time.
While Mina’s equalizer was understandably the moment that grabbed all of the headlines, a Jordan Pickford save, which came just seconds before Colombia’s only goal of the night, has since been going viral online.
The stop came after Colombia’s Mateus Uribe drove one of the strikes of the tournament towards the top right-hand corner of Pickford’s goal from a full 35 yards out.
But, just when the net looked set to ripple, Everton shot-stopper Pickford somehow managed to get a fingertip onto the ball, pushing the strike inches wide of the post.
It was without doubt one of the most athletic and altogether incredible saves in the recent memory of football, with the reaction online having since been a mix of awe and outright surprise at how little coverage the moment of brilliance was afforded:
Jordan Pickford made one of the best saves of the World Cup, but you might never see it again elsewhere because seconds later Colombia equalised. Watch it to your heart’s content here #rtesoccer #worldcup #ENG #COL pic.twitter.com/iDKWwwxvuf
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) July 3, 2018
It was lost in the madness, but my word Jordan Pickford…
What. A. Save. pic.twitter.com/W9TwqxbWjZ
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 3, 2018
I think Pickford might have made the best save nobody will ever see again.
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) July 3, 2018
They’re currently selling alternative angles of that Pickford save on the black market. #ENGvCOL
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) July 3, 2018
Well in to Jordan Pickford making the best save in World Cup history for his defence to let him down and make a mistake so his save will never be shown again
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) July 3, 2018
Jordan Pickford best save I’ve ever seen in all my time watching football.
— Gally ™ (@AFCGally) July 3, 2018
Why has there been no replay of the Pickford Save? Might be the best save of all time
— Mamzi Roshid (@Mamzi_Roshid) July 3, 2018
Has Pickford’s save been censored?
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) July 3, 2018
Pickford pulls off the save of his career.
Gone. Forgetten. Lost. Like a sneeze in a hurricane.
— Jon Rogers (@BigGrantHolt) July 3, 2018
— Rebecca Louise Coles (@Rebecca_L_Coles) July 3, 2018
It’ll get forgotten now but that’s was a ridiculous save from Pickford
— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) July 3, 2018
— Tom Coulton (@Coulton92) July 3, 2018
England have since secured their passage to the quarter-finals, courtesy of a 4-3 penalty shootout victory.