End of England’s penalty pain chosen as one of the sporting moments of 2018

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England’s penalty shoot-out triumph against Colombia at the World Cup is among four nominations for the BBC’s new Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year award.

Also on the shortlist are Alastair Cook’s century in his final Test innings, England becoming Commonwealth netball champions for the first time, Tiger Woods completing his comeback from injury by winning the Tour Championship and Tyson Fury climbing off the canvas in his drawn WBC heavyweight title fight against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday.

England secured their first ever World Cup penalty shoot-out success when Gareth Southgate’s men overcame the Colombians 4-3 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw, in the last 16 of the summer’s tournament in Russia.

Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save during England's penalty shootout success against Colombia (Aaron Chown/PA).
Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save during England’s penalty shootout success against Colombia (Aaron Chown/PA).

Former England captain Cook, batting for the last time before retiring from international cricket, signed off in fairytale fashion in September with his century against India at the Oval.

The 33-year-old hit his 33rd ton, an England record, as he made 147 on the fourth day of the final Test.

Cook's 147 against India was his 33rd Test century (Adam Davy/PA).
Cook’s 147 against India was his 33rd Test century (Adam Davy/PA).

Woods registered his first tournament win since 2013 and the 80th PGA Tour title of his career with victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September.

The 42-year-old American, who has suffered numerous injuries and off-course problems, was as low as 1,199 in golf’s world rankings less than a year earlier following spinal fusion surgery.

Fury was twice knocked down in his bout against Wilder, but was widely thought to have had the better of it and is likely to take on the American again next year.

Voting for the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year, a new part of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, opened on the BBC Sport website on Monday and closes on December 14. This year’s Sports Personality of the Year ceremony takes place in Birmingham on December 16.

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