WORLD CUP 2018

Portugal 3-3 Spain: De Gea relaxed after Ronaldo blunder

De Gea relaxed after Ronaldo blunder

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Goalkeeper David de Gea remained calm and said he had the full backing of his team-mates after his error in Spain's draw with Portugal.

David de Gea said he had the support of his Spain team-mates after he made an uncharacteristic error in Spain's 3-3 draw against Portugal at the World Cup.

The Premier League Golden Glove winner let Cristiano Ronaldo's shot slip through his fingers moments before half-time on Friday, giving Portugal the ascendancy in Sochi.

"The gaffer is with me, so I am calm"

Spain would recover and lead, only to concede a late equaliser as Ronaldo completed his hat-trick, but De Gea, 27, was relaxed about the result and his performance.

De Gea looks dejected during a bad at night at the office for the goalkeeper.

"The gaffer [interim coach Fernando Hierro] is with me and the whole team, so I am calm," he said.

"It's a mistake, a difficult ball, [but we'll] continue training to do things well in an important game against Iran because we have strong options to win.

"We deserved more but football is like that, it can happen to you, only those of us who put on our gloves and go out in the field know how hard [it is]."

Spain now face Iran in midweek

Iran, who top Group B, are Spain's next opponents in Kazan on Wednesday.

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