Mixed emotions for Colombia’s Sanchez and South Korea’s Son
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 June 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Davinson Sanchez helped Colombia keep a clean sheet on Sunday while Heung-min Son netted in South Korea’s defeat
There were mixed emotions for two of Spurs’ players in Group F and Group H at the weekend with Davinson Sanchez’s Colombia keeping alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage, but Heung-min Son’s South Korea are virtually out.
A 2-1 defeat to Mexico on Saturday saw the Tottenham Hotspur attacker in tears after his country were left with an improbable scenario to quality for the last-16.
Son scored a superb curling effort in the loss, but it was a mere consolation in the 90th minute with South Korea already two goals down.
With one Group F match left, the Spurs wide-man will have to help his country defeat Germany and hope Mexico can beat Sweden in the other game.
It seems unlikely, even with the current holders of the competition stumbling their way through the tournament so far.
South Korea and Germany will do battle on Wednesday to decide who qualifies for the knock-out stage.
Son’s Tottenham team-mate Sanchez helped his country take a step closer to the last-16 on Sunday night.
Colombia faced Poland in Group H and produced a sparkling display to triumph 3-0 in the evening kick-off.
Sanchez was tasked with the challenge of keeping Robert Lewandowski quiet and did so impressively with the Bayern Munich forward not getting much of a sight at goal until the end of the game.
The Spurs defender almost opened the scoring for Colombia in the 40th minute when James Rodriguez’s cross was headed home by Yerry Mina.
Just behind Mina was Sanchez, although he didn’t care who put the ball in the net as he wheeled off celebrating wildly.
After losing their opener 2-1 to Japan, it was vital Colombia triumphed over Poland and they scored two more fine goals to add some deserved gloss to the scoreline.
Sanchez had produced a shaky display in his first match at the World Cup, but on this occasion bounced back strongly.
He will hope to follow this up on Thursday when Colombia take on Senegal for their final Group H match knowing a victory will see them guarantee a place in the last-16.