Spain were knocked out of Euro 2016 on Monday night after they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Italy but fans were thrilled with David de Gea‘s impressive performance for Vicente del Bosque’s side.
Although the Spaniard let in two goals, which he wasn’t solely to blame for, De Gea pulled off a number of top drawer saves and stopped Italy from finding the back of the net on multiple occasions.
He was praised earlier on for his stunning stops against Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle keeping the Italians at 0-0 early in the first half but after he made another save from a free-kick, Giorgio Chiellini managed to find the back of the net from the rebound to give his side the lead.
Fans on Twitter were delighted with his showing and believed he was the reason Spain had not conceded any more goals.
David de Gea is the best "one-on-one" keeper in the world. Has there been anyone better in these situations? Hardly beaten in 1v1 #mufc
— All For United (@allforunited) June 28, 2016
In fact, there is no goalkeeper better in the world than De Gea overall. He excels in every area of his game. Such a classy professional.
— The Man Utd Way (@themanutdway) June 27, 2016
De Gea is certainly to blame (partly) for Spain being 1-0 down to Italy. He's also the only reason Spain are not 5-0 down to Italy.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) June 27, 2016
One of one with De Gea, most times (not always) De Gea wins….. This is incredible stuff from De Gea
— SemperFiUnited (@SemperFiUnited) June 27, 2016
David de Gea just doing David de Gea things. Saving his team once again.
— Liam Canning (@OffsideLiam) June 27, 2016
De Gea carrying his team, like club football never ended.
— TikiTactic (@TikiTactic) June 27, 2016
De Gea's been magnificent! Mourinho's laughing!!!!
— All For United (@allforunited) June 27, 2016
De Gea carrying the side he plays for. Normal order restored.
— Rip VanGaald (@JoseMourinhod) June 27, 2016
De Gea had been heavily criticised for his performance as Spain’s 15-game unbeaten in the Euros came to an end on Tuesday night with a 2-1 defeat to Croatia which cost them top spot in Group D, but his performance against Italy was spectacular and was the only reason they didn’t concede more than three goals.
He came to his sides rescue many times but wasn’t able to save them at the end of the day. It was the same story at Old Trafford last season, he saved us plenty of vital points but we weren’t able to salvage a Champions League spot from it, it’s also the reason why he has been voted as United’s Player of the Year award three seasons in a row.
The Spaniard is arguably our best player and now his have been eliminated from the European Championship, he’ll be looking to get his head down and hit the ground running under new boss Jose Mourinho next campaign.