David de Gea has firmly established himself as the best shot-stopper in the world over the last few years but he demonstrated another string to his bow during Spain’s 6-1 thrashing of Argentina.
Spain were firmly in control against an Argentina side devoid of purpose or threat without Lionel Messi, leading 4-1 after an hour.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side, which included Marcos Rojo playing his first game in two months, had been remarkably disjointed at the back and De Gea, 70 yards away, took advantage.
The Spaniard made Andrea Pirlo look foolish with a pin-point, swerving long ball in between Argentina’s centre-backs and into the path of Iago Aspas, who slid the ball past Willy Caballero.
📹 | De Gea’s assist for Spain’s 5th goal. 🔥🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/QULqStW0nO
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I’ve given you two videos here because the first one, shot from behind the goal, shows clearly that this is no ordinary punt – which is kind of how it comes across in the second video. De Gea saw a gap and, as if it were his speciality instead of making saves, perfectly found it with a defence splitting ball.
His Spain teammates, who are growingly looking like a side capable of going far in Russia, were fully aware of this and duly mobbed De Gea for what was a truly incredible assist.