Spain and Portugal played out a marvellously entertaining 3-3 draw last night in Sochi in what will surely go down as one of the most memorable World Cup fixtures in recent times.
In a game full of drama and intrigue, Spain twice came back from behind to eventually head into the final few minutes 3-2 ahead courtesy of a rasping long range strike by Nacho, before the man for the big occasion Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to curl a superb 88 minute free kick into the top corner to tie the scores and complete his hat trick.
However, Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David Gea will not be looking forward to the video review of last nights match, after the 27-year-old allowed what looked like a pretty harmless Ronaldo strike to squirm past him on the stroke of half-time.
Such a obvious and high profile mistake is not what we have come to expect from the world class ‘keeper, and while his manger at club level Jose Mourinho did admit it was a glaring error he clearly has his players back.
“It’s my boy, it hurts me to say but he knows it’s a bad mistake,” Mourinho told Russian TV.
“It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us, United – player of the season, fantastic performances. But that happens to the best.”
“The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there – not afraid, confident to go and ready to help his team.”
As Manchester United fans will know well De Gea has recovered from mistakes and come back stronger, and the Old Trafford club were handed a major boost yesterday with reports suggesting the talented keeper is about to commit his long term future to the Red Devils by signing a new five year deal.