Jese: I always believed in myself

Real Madrid forward Jese says he always believed in himself after scoring Spain’s stoppage time winner against Mexico.

The youngster, who was on hand to slot home the decisive goal for his country after a 2-1 victory booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup, revealed afterwards he was still confident his team would eventually prevail.

“I saw the loose ball, ran for it and decided to go for it. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but I had to try and take advantage of the opportunity.

“I always believed in myself and also the team, even though time was running out," he told reporters.

“We knew it would be very tough and the first half was their’s as we didn’t start as we should have. We then took on more responsibility, more risks, and went for them, although it meant exposing ourselves to the counter-attack.

“However, in the end we were rewarded for playing good football and got the luck we didn’t get at the beginning.

“In the second half we played how we wanted, with personality and creating chances, so our opponents didn’t attack as much because they respected us more.

“When we pass the ball around and play together we are a great team,” he maintained.

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