David De Gea admitted Spain were ‘f****d’ after their shock World Cup elimination and few have shouldered as much blame as the Manchester United star. The 27-year-old is widely recognised as the greatest in his position in the world but he failed to live up to expectations in Russia in what will be a tournament to forget for the former Atletico Madrid man.
De Gea spilled a tame Cristiano Ronaldo effort in Spain’s opener against Portugal and astonishingly made just ONE save in his side’s four matches in Russia. The Spaniard equalled the record for the most saves in a Premier League match last season when he made 14 stops against Arsenal in December but he looked suspiciously jittery for Spain.
De Gea failed to stop any of the five penalties that came his way in the shootout against Russia, meaning he finished the tournament with just one solitary save against Iran. This remarkable stat wasn’t lost on Liverpool supporters, who quickly pointed out De Gea made as many saves in Russia as Luis Suarez managed in South Africa eight years ago.
The Barcelona forward, of course, was sent off after he handled Dominic Adiyiah’s goal-bound effort in the final minutes of Uruguay’s quarter-final against Ghana. Asamoah Gyan stepped up and blazed the resulting penalty over and Uruguay’s 10-men progressed to the last four.
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