David Ospina said there was ‘fortune’ involved in his excellent, yet futile, penalty save from Jordan Henderson as Colombia crashed out of the World Cup to England.
Ospina looked like he might be the unlikely hero of the night when he pulled off a quite magnificent save to stop Henderson finding the back of the net during the penalty shootout. But his teammates could not cement Colombia’s advantage, hitting the bar with their next spotkick, letting England back into the shootout.
A save from Jordan Henderson meant that when Eric Dier stepped up to take England’s fifth penalty, he knew all he had to do was slot it past Arsenal’s number two to send England through to the quarter-finals.
“We’re going [home] sad, but now is the time to raise your head,” Ospina told Mundo Deportivo.
“[The team] left every ounce of sweat [on the pitch]. We are running out of the adventure at the World Cup, but we are leaving with a clear conscience that we gave it everything on the field.
“As it is said, it is a lottery, there was fortune [saving Henderson’s penalty] at first, but then two failed and that’s how it is.”
Ospina is widely expected to leave Arsenal this summer after the club purchased Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
Tigres seem to be the club in pole position for his signature.