Colombia Defy Odds on Penalties

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar June 8, 2019 22:27


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Colombia Defy Odds on Penalties

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Keepers in Unison

Michael Woud looked set to be the hero as New Zealand’s keeper saved the first two spot kicks by los Cafeteros’ Brayan Vega and Johan Carbonero – Singh had scored in between. But it was not to be. Los Cafeteros won 5-4 after the teams had drawn 1-1.

In fact, Woud also saved the third by Andres Perea, but, after checking, it had to be retaken and Perea redeemed himself and Colombia. Woud’s opposite number, Kevin Mier, who models himself on Manchester United and Spain’s David de Gea, emerged the hero by saving Bell’s spot-kick. Mata scored and Gianni Stensness missed badly. The Colombians scored all their remaining penalties. Matt Conroy was the unfortunate player to see Mier save his penalty and put the South Americans through to the last eight.

Missed Opportunities
Just over ten minutes into the match Ivan Angulo’s free-kick from the left was headed in to the far corner from close range by Andres Reyes. Calum McCowatt did his best to harry the Colombian defence before Elijah Just scored from close range after Stensness found Liberato Cacace on the left and Just made no mistake, equalising just over 20 minutes after Colombia had taken the lead.

Just should have given New Zealand the lead after a dreadful defensive hash by Anderson Arroyo, but his lob of the on-rushing Mier lacked sufficient pace and Reyes got back to spare Arroyo’s blushes.

In extra time an excellent break by Carnonero left Angulo with a simple task, but his shot enabled Woud to get back and make a save he should have had no opportunity to make. Andres Amaya also squandered a golden opportunity to put Colombia through to the last eight before Mier completed the task.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar June 8, 2019 22:27