Colombia’s start to the World Cup did not go according to plan against Japan. Just two minutes into their opening game a mistake from Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur let the Samurai Blue in at goal. Eventually, an effort at an empty net was handled by a Colombia player, preventing a goal.
The result was a Japan penalty and a red card for the Colombia player in question – midfield general Carlos Sanchez.
This immediately caused hilarity among fans of Aston Villa.
The Colombian may be a regular for his country, and has done well in recent years with Fiorentina and Espanyol, but at Villa he never really got going.
He played 56 times for the club over two seasons but was part of the Villa team that finished way off the pace at the bottom of the top-flight in 2015-16.
So he is not exactly fondly remembered by fans at Villa Park.
So after Sanchez decided to take matters, quite literally, into his own hands, it caused quite a stir on social media among fans of the Midlands club.
Of course, Aston Villa are currently on the lookout for a goalkeeper this summer. Sam Johnstone’s loan deal from Manchester United is over and Bruce needs a new stopper.
Looks like Sanchez could do a decent job between the sticks himself…
— Gary Swain (@gazswain) June 19, 2018
Carlos Sanchez played in the worst Aston Villa squad ever. What else did you really expect ?? #avfc
— S Williams? (@92Swb) June 19, 2018
— Jack Fowles (@jackfowles13) June 19, 2018
Sanchez never did any good at Villa #avfc
— Ashley Skinner (@Villaboy89) June 19, 2018
— dan_does_stuff (@DanHayes16) June 19, 2018
Former Villa man Carlos Sanchez brings his car-crash tactics from Villa Park to the world stage and earns a red card for his troubles. One-nil Japan from the spot after five minutes. #WorldCup #COLJPN #AVFC
— Mark Samuels (@mark_samuels) June 19, 2018
— Pete S (@SquigsTheBeef) June 19, 2018
Carlos Sanchez is still La Fraud then
— James Lloyd ?????????????? (@LloydyAVFC) June 19, 2018
Sanchez what were you doing ? #avfc
— ?? (@RobbieJJoynes) June 19, 2018
— Dan Plant (@DanPlant) June 19, 2018
Carlos Sanchez…. who says he wasn’t good enough for Villa.. oh wait #avfc
Maybe we should have stuck him in goal ?
— Lanky (@Stuartlanky211) June 19, 2018