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Juan Mata's performance against England given harsh rating by Marca

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For most of Spain's players and fans, the dramatic 2-2 draw with England at Wembley on Tuesday night must have felt like a victory.

Adam Lallana's penalty and a second-half header from Jamie Vardy had put the Three Lions firmly in control against a weakened Spanish side but two late goals spoiled Gareth Southgate's final match as interim manager.

Iago Aspas' fine individual finish in the 89th minute had given the visitors a glimmer of light before Real Madrid's Isco punished England for taking their foot off the gas with an equaliser in the dying seconds.

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It was effectively the last kick of the game and Spain's second string were understandably delighted to leave Wembley with their reputation intact.

The first half performance, in particular, would have set a few alarms off back in Spain as England were rarely threatened in the final third.

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Manager Julen Lopetegui clearly felt the same and withdrew Manchester United's Juan Mata at half-time.

In his place, ex-Liverpool flop Aspas impressed with a goal on his debut and, along with the later arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Isco, posed a much greater threat to the Three Lions' back line.

As a result, the press in Spain have reacted to Mata's disappointing display in brutal fashion.

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Spanish publication Marca were so critical of the midfielder's performance that they didn't even give him a match rating, as per the Manchester Evening News.

The 28-year-old wasn't judged much more positively in the British media either, but at least his rating of 5 from the Daily Mail was somewhat of an improvement on Marca's.

It was a better night for Mata's Man United teammate Ander Herrera, who made his first appearance for his country at Wembley.

Despite allegedly elbowing Eric Dier, the central midfielder continued the good form he has shown for his club side this season and shielded the defence well.

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After the game, Herrera tweeted: "I will never forget this night."

For Mata, he will be hoping for an improved performance against Arsenal on Saturday - providing he is picked.

With the Jose Mourinho's side already six points behind the top four, another defeat would leave the Red Devils staring at the possibility of another year without Champions League football.

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