David De Gea committed a rare howler at the worst possible time against Portugal in Friday night’s World Cup clash in Sochi.
A highly-eventful first half between the two European giants ended on a bizarre note, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot somehow crept in when De Gea allowed the ball to slip through his hands and into the net.
Prior to that goal, Spain had been on top in the match. Having reacted well to going down to a Ronaldo penalty in the fourth minute, Diego Costa’s equaliser had given them a platform to build upon, and Isco had come agonisingly close to giving Fernando Hierro’s side the lead with a brilliant strike that bounced out off the crossbar.
At the time of writing, it remains 2-1 to Portugal at half time, and Spain will have to claw themselves back into the game all over again.
As for De Gea, however, nobody is quite sure what they just witnessed from one of the best goalkeepers in the world…
Worse than Loris Karius, by the way. *backs away*
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) June 15, 2018
That has to be a glitch in the matrix.
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) June 15, 2018
Don’t get many of them to the pound.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) June 15, 2018
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 15, 2018