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Davinson Sanchez goes from zero to hero for Colombia with penalty box megatackle

The Spurs centreback probably just made the tackle of the tournament

As they say in Colombia, this takes heuvos.

And Davinson Sanchez has absolutely massive ones.

With Colombia needing a win against Senegal to guarantee their entry into the last-16, Sanchez just took everything into his own hands.

Spurs will be looking forward to getting him back

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Spurs will be looking forward to getting him back

Just 15 minutes into the game Sadio Mane had been allowed to burst into the Colombia box with only the keeper between him and the goal.

Then suddenly, out of nowhere, Sanchez came sliding in with what looked like the most stonewall of penalties.

The referee immediately pointed to the spot and Colombian hearts sank.

Penalty, all day.

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Penalty, all day.

The players, Sanchez included, immediately surrounded the referee imploring him to reassess the tackle with the use of VAR.

And lo and behold it turns out Sanchez had just put in one of the best tackles of the tournament, possibly even this century.

Sanchez slid in with his right foot, strictly speaking the wrong foot for the angle he was coming in, but managed to use his heel to stop the ball dead and leave Mane sprawling.

On first glance it looked a definite penalty but once we’d seen a replay we instantly knew Sanchez was a defensive genius.

Never a penalty ref, he gets the ball

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Never a penalty ref, he gets the ball

As they say in Colombia, this takes cajones

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As they say in Colombia, this takes cajones

There’s only one man we’ve seen pull out these tekkers before and luckily for England he’s not even at the World Cup.

Raidja Naingolan, Roma’s midfield hardman, who has made the heel tackle his own special move.

The brilliant thing about this World Cup, which makes it unlike any we have seen before, is that VAR was there to overturn the decision and make sure Colombia weren’t punished for a quality tackle.

Senegal would have been awarded a penalty and the South Americans would have been 1-0 down before the game had barely started.

Can we have a World Cup every year?