Croatia 3 – Spain 2
One of the standout results during the international break has been Croatia’s 3-2 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League.
It’s worth remembering that earlier in the competition, Spain thumped the 2018 World Cup finalists 6-0.
However Croatia gained their revenge over La Roja on home turf.
All the goals in the 5-goal thriller came in the second half.
Andrej Kramaric opened for Croatia before Daniel Ceballos levelled for Spain two minutes later.
Tin Jedvaj restored the Croat lead in the 69th minute, before a Sergio Ramos penalty made it 2-2 in the 78th.
A 90th minute winner from Jedvaj won the match for the hosts.
Man United’s David De Gea
Was Man United keeper David De Gea at fault for the three Croatian goals?
Kramaric beat the Man United number one with a shot into the near post.
However the goal wasn’t De Gea’s fault. Instead Sergio Ramos was the blame as his attempted clearance was intercepted by Ivan Perisic who teed up Kramaric to score.
Was the second Croatia goal De Gea’s fault?
Again it seemed harsh to blame the Man United keeper as Luka Modric delivered a ball to the back post which Jedvaj headed home.
Should De Gea be blamed for Croatia’s last-minute winner?
Here the Man United keeper may have done better.
De Gea could only parry a shot towards Jedvaj, who had the simple job of tapping home in the Spain box.
Yes, De Gea’s view of the shot may have been obstructed. But Spanish fans would have expected the Man United goalie to deal better with the shot, for example pushing it away from goal rather than back into the danger area.
Luis Enrique on David De Gea
In the aftermath of the Croatia game, the Man United keeper has come under criticism in Spain.
Indeed, in Luis Enrique’s presser before Sunday’s friendly match with Bosnia, many questions were posed about De Gea’s performance.
That lead the La Roja manager to state the following:
What is not curious but is strange is what all the criticism means.
The criticism must be for everyone and for the coach, there is no doubt about that.
Aimed towards one person, they are unfair because this is a collective sport and when we let in a goal we all let it in, what happens, the others aren’t defending?
It is unfair to personalise, but we accept it, we are used to it.
Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga
Will Chelsea’s stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga replace De Gea for the Bosnia game?
Maybe, but Luis Enrique is keeping his cards close to his chest:
I will not comment on my preferences: my actions will speak more than my words.
Everton & Jordan Pickford
Sticking with De Gea and Man United, could he be succeeded by Everton’s Jordan Pickford at Old Trafford?
According to the Sun on Sunday, Man United will offer Everton £60m for Pickford if De Gea refuses to commit to a contract extension.
De Gea’s Man United contract expires at the end of the season.
Pickford is under contract at Everton until 2024.