Jordan Pickford

Did Jordan Pickford produce the best, most instantly-forgettable save of all-time vs Colombia?

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.

Matchup

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.

Teams

Drama

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.

World-class

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:

England have since secured their passage to the quarter-finals, courtesy of a 4-3 penalty shootout victory.

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