De Gea explains Ronaldo gaffe

David de Gea admits he was faced with a ‘difficult’ ball from Cristiano Ronaldo’s short during Portugal-Spain but insists ‘I haven’t killed anyone’.

“I’m feeling good and calm, we had a good match,” said the Manchester United goalkeeper after La Roja drew 3-3 with Portugal in their first World Cup fixture on Friday.

“I’m happy about the team’s response, although I think we deserved more. Now we have to get up again.

“My mistake? Football’s like that, it can happen. They’re mistakes, we put on our gloves, we go out on the pitch and we know how difficult it is.

“Still, I have the support of my Coach and teammates to keep going, and that support they give me is reflected on the field.

“Costa? He came in from some criticism, but tonight he appeared and scored two goals. Football’s like that. The misses are very bad, but if you do well, you’re very good.

“The Coach is with me and the whole team, I’m calm, it's a mistake that can happen. It was a difficult ball, but I’ll keep training and doing things well.

“I was late to plant my knee and the ball was a horrible one, but I haven’t killed anyone.

“Now we have an important match against Iran. If we win, it’ll be an important step to qualify. Ultimately we drew here, but we didn’t lose.

“Our response was great. We played against a great national team, but that’s that. It’s in the past now.”

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