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David de Gea produces excellent performance against Ukraine

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David de Gea was the star of the show in Kiev as Spain rounded off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with an impressive 1-0 win against Ukraine.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was handed a chance to impress Vincente del Bosque after the head coach named an experimental line-up for a game that mattered little to the reigning European champions.

Mario Gaspar, a full-back making his international debut, scored in the 22nd minute in what would eventually be the winner, but only after De Gea produced a string of fine saves to preserve Spain's clean sheet.

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In fact, Gaspar may never have got the chance to give Spain the lead had it not been for a world-class save from De Gea just seven minutes prior. 

Ruslan Rota volleyed a hard effort from 12-yards out towards the corner of the goal, but De Gea somehow managed to get his foot to the ball, sending it over the bar. It was another example of the 24-year-old's expertise when it comes to saving with his feet.

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De Gea may have been standing in for veteran Iker Casillas, but after a stellar performance in the Ukrainian capital, Del Bosque will have a big decision to make ahead of Spain's next game, a friendly against England on November 13.

The save of the night:

His full MotM display:

Miserable night for Cesc

De Gea stole Cesc Fabregas' thunder. The Chelsea midfielder was wearing the armband on his 100th cap, but could not cap the night with a goal despite a first-half penalty. Fabregas has now, amazingly, missed all four normal-time penalties he has taken for his country.

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