- Spain goalkeeper David de Gea let a shot from Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo go right through his hands and into goal in a World Cup match.
- Such a mistake is highly unusual for de Gea, one of the most decorated and celebrated goalkeepers in the game.
- Twitter users enjoyed poking fun at de Gea’s mistake and comparing it to other infamous goalkeeping mishaps.
- The match ended in a draw.
David De Gea of Spain is generally seen as as one of the best goalkeepers in the World, but in Spain’s opening World Cup match against Spain’s neighbour on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal, he committed a rare error.
Late in the first half Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo got the ball around the top of the penalty box, and fired a shot directly into de Gea’s hands, but he let the ball slip through his grasp and into goal.
David de Gea is going to want that one back ???? pic.twitter.com/hqjFQtWbOJ
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 15, 2018
It’s shocking to see a player like de Gea, the reigning Premier League Golden Glove winner and a five-time Premier League Team of the Year selection, committed such a brutal howler. Naturally, Twitter was shocked.
Ronaldo again! And we don't say this often, but it's a howler from David de Gea…
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 15, 2018
Others on social media were reminded of other infamous soccer howlers, such as Robert Green’s botched save for England against the United States in the 2010 World Cup, as well as poor Loris Karius, who committed two brutal howlers for Liverpool against Real Madrid in a loss in the most recent Champions League final.
Not the first time the best player in the world has made a goalkeeper choke on the biggest stage pic.twitter.com/nHPZMkBbZA
— Stars and Stripes FC (@StarsStripesFC) June 15, 2018
David De Gea when he meets Karius. pic.twitter.com/tBHXgIOEJW
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) June 15, 2018
And de Gea’s error did cost Spain, as the match ended in a draw, and while Spain should still be one of the favourites to get out of the group, Portugal now stands a good chance of finishing ahead of Spain in the group.
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