De Gea: I haven't killed anyone
Spain goalkeeper David de Gea says "he has not killed" anyone following his blunder which saw his side settle for 3-3 draw with Portugal.
The Manchester United shot-stopper spilled Cristiano Ronaldo's shot into his own net shortly before half-time, giving the Portuguese a 2-1 lead. His side bounced back thanks to Diego Costa's second of the night and a fine strike from Nacho, but Ronaldo's stunning free-kick late on ensured that De Gea's error would prove vital come full time.
The 27-year-old appeared unfazed by his mistake after the game and even criticised Spain fans for a perceived lack of support.
"I like that there are criticisms. Diego Costa has also been criticised and he scored two goals. I haven't killed anyone, either. I'm happy with the national team," said de Gea.
"I don't see much that they support me from Spain. My own criticism is bad enough. I am happy with the support from the manager and the lads. This can happen. It's a mistake. We put on our gloves and go out into the field and we know how difficult it is. I count on the support of the coach and my colleagues to continue. I will stay calm. It was a difficult ball, I'll keep training and try to do things right. I haven't killed anyone." he added.
Para aprender a triunfar primero tienes que aprender a fallar. Seguimos pic.twitter.com/fKmWEXSs0W— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) June 15, 2018
Manager Fernando Hierro and team-mate Gerard Pique were both quick to defend De Gea after the game, making it clear that his position as the first-choice goalkeeper is not under threat.