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28th Jun 2018

VAR causes Jim Beglin to completely change tune on best tackle of World Cup so far

The defender was praised for the quality of the challenge

Wayne Farry

Davinson Sanchez with the best piece of defending  you’re likely to see at the World Cup.

Spurs centre-back Davinson Sanchez pulled off the tackle of the World Cup so far in Colombia’s final group game against Senegal, preventing what would have been a near certain goal from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in the process.

The incident took place in the 16th minute of the game and originally saw the referee award a penalty immediately to the African side.

RTÉ commentator Jim Beglin wasn’t immediately bowled over by the Colombian defender’s last ditch heroics. After the referee pointed to the spot, the Waterford man bemoaned Sanchez’ form in the tournament to date, claiming he’s been a bit all over the shop.

However, after protests from the Senegal team and a word in his ear from the VAR officials, the referee walked off the pitch, consulted VAR and swiftly reversed his decision to the correct one.

Just as the referee reversed his decision, Beglin rowed back on his convictions on the 22-year-old.

“I have to say it was brilliant… It was last ditch, it had to be exact and he pulled it off,” he said.

Indeed it was, and Beglin must regret speaking too soon on the best tackle of the competition so far.

To be fair to the ref, it originally looked like a penalty to almost everyone watching, only for the slow-motion replay to showcase exactly how good a tackle it was.

It was made all the more impressive by the fact that the 22-year-old was on the wrong side of Mane as he ran through on goal, and was forced to use his right heel to nudge the ball away from the forward.

davinson sanchez

The tackle understandably impressed plenty of the watching public, including former Spurs striker and BBC host Gary Lineker.

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