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De Gea: I haven't killed anyone

De Gea: I haven't killed anyone

16 Jun 2018, 11:40

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.

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.

Read also: Mourinho: De Gea knows it was a 'bad mistake'

 

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