Gary Nevillle believes Martin Dubravka chose the wrong technique moments before his “embarrassing” own goal last night – feeling he should’ve punched the ball, not attempted to palm it over the bar.
The NUFC no.1 actually started the game superbly, making a few key stops and saving Alvaro Morata’s penalty brilliantly, however he parried a high-ball into his own goal just 20 minutes later and was also heavily criticised for his role in Spain’s third goal – being caught in no mans land before Laporte headed home.
In the end, Dubravka’s Slovakia side lost the game 5-0 and crashed out the tournament as a result, leaving him heading back to Tyneside with his tail between his legs.
Here’s everything that was said after his howler, with Gary Neville, Ashley Cole and Eni Aluko not holding back in their half-time analysis for ITV:
Mark Pougatch: “It’s out of horror film from Martin Dubravka point of view.”
Gary Neville: “I think because it’s come down from such a distance it’s probably more difficult to parry over the bar – maybe he has to go with his fist.
“It’s an embarrassing one for him – he’s not had a good half.”
Ashley Cole: “He’s misjudged it.
“It’s a poor ball from Sakta across his box, playing him blind and you think does Dubravka expect it to come back off the bar? He’s gone with his palm and not his fist, the timing of the jump is all wrong – normally goalkeepers try and meet the ball at the highest point, he’s let it come down, mistimed it and slapped it into his goal.”
Eni Aluko [on his second error] : “I don’t know what’s he doing outside of his [six-yard] box there – I think he needs to let the defenders defend.
“It’s a great little dink by Pedri to start of the move.
“I don’t know what Dubravka is doing out there – great dink from Moreno and a great header from Laporte.
“But on the first one, I’m not sure why he doesn’t just catch it.
“I’m not a goalkeeping expert but he’s had a bad half.”
A day to forget for the Slovak – although it’s easy for non-goalkeeping pundits to say what he should’ve done instead! Here’s the own goal itself for anyone that missed it:
Dubvravka himself has since had this to say when reflecting on his own goal and the crushing 5-0 defeat:
“The first goal was my fault.
“I will regret this for a long time.
“The second made it tough for us until the end of the game.
“After that, Spain controlled the game much more easily.”
Chin up, Martin! A top goalkeeper who will bounce back, I’m sure.