David de Gea has night to forget as Croatia beat Spain 2-1

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Spain goalkeeper David de Gea doesn't usually make many mistakes. Well, he doesn't normally concede goals when playing for the national side. 

Indeed, before tonight's third and final group D game between against Croatia, De Gea still had not conceded a goal in a competitive game for his country. 

That's right, the outstanding 'keeper had racked up five successive clean sheets for Spain. 


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Ultimately, though, that changed this evening as Nikola Kalinic canceled out Alvaro Morata's opening goal on the stroke of half-time. 

But De Gea should have been beaten before Kalinic's strike...

De Gea nightmare 

And that's because he almost gifted Croatia a goal. The Manchester United man, who is usually consistently brilliant with the ball at his feet, decided to take a touch before attempting to clear it. It didn't quite go to plan. 

His miscued pass could only find Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic on the edge of the box. The technically gifted ace opted to chip the ball over De Gea's head, only to see the ball hit both the cross bar and the post. 

The ball agonisingly failed to cross the line, but it was quite the effort nonetheless. 

De Gea wasn't punished on that occasion, but things turned sour for him late on during the contest. 

That's because Olcay Sahan somehow beat him at his near post with a sliced shot. It really wasn't a good night for De Gea. 

See the goal here: 

Controversial evening 

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was also heavily involved throughout the game and it's safe to say that one moment in particular stood out. 

With 20 minutes of the contest remaining - and the scores still level - the current European champions were awarded a penalty after Manchester City playmaker David Silva was bundled over. 

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos stepped up, but Subasic, who was controversially a couple of yards off his line, saved the spot kick. Subasic and co. went on to claim all three points and secure top spot in Group D. 

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