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Vicente del Bosque reacts to David de Gea's performance vs Croatia

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David de Gea endured a torrid evening as Spain were beaten at the hands of Croatia during the Euro 2016 Group D clash on Tuesday night. 

The Manchester United shot-stopper was at fault for Croatia's winning goal as Ivan Perisic beat him at his near post late on. 

The result condemned Spain to second place in their group, meaning they will now have to play Italy in the Round of 16 of the competition. 

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De Gea, who replaced legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas as Spain's No.1 at the start of the tournament, was duly criticised. 

But now his manager has reacted and insisted that he isn't to blame for the goals. Vicente del Bosque has instead suggested that 'everyone is culpable' for the goals, taking the blame away from the shot-stopper.

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Del Bosque speaks out 

When asked about De Gea's performance, as per the Manchester Evening News, Del Bosque stated: "He didn’t have too much work to do, we can’t blame him for the goals.

Croatia v Spain - Group D: UEFA Euro 2016

"The first was a counter-attack and the second was as well. Everyone is culpable."

Italy showdown 

De Gea and co., then, will now be fully focused on overcoming Italy in the next round. The Italians are set for a meaningless final Group E fixture against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night. 

After two straight wins, Antonio Conte's side have already secured top spot, but they would have probably had an easier route to the final if they had finished in second position. 

Euro 2016 - Italy Press Conference

You wouldn't exactly blame Conte if he makes a whole host of changes at the Stade Pierre Mauroy this evening in preparation for Monday's enormous showdown. 

Conte has already hit out at the surface his side are set to play Ireland on, claiming that it's not suitable for a Euro 2016 encounter. 

He stated, as per the Daily Mail: "The playing surface isn't suitable. It is not up to hosting a European Championships match.

"We did expect a different pitch to this, that is a shame. The pitch isn't up to standard of this competition."

One thing is for sure, Conte isn't getting too carried away with Italy's fine start to the tournament. 

"It's almost like you are popping champagne corks,' he said when asked if they could win the competition.

"Let's take a step back. Humility is part of intelligence, we have to be humble. We must never forget we have great deal of ability but we might also have weaknesses.

"We might have had a good start but we must never lose sight of what our aim is. It would be foolish to fall into a trap like that.

"Where I come from they say, 'as soon as we build you up, we are quick to knock you down.

"We are through but that does not matter at all. If were to lose tomorrow then people would start to have a go at us."

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