Spain has had some hassle scoring targets at Euro 2020. On Wednesday, a half-hour into their ultimate Group E sport, the Spaniards discovered an ideal antidote to their woes: Simply let the opposing goalkeeper slap the ball into his personal web.
Martin Dubravka, Slovakia’s goalkeeper, scored Spain’s second objective of the match by trying to push an awkwardly looping rebound over the crossbar. As an alternative, he spanked it underneath the bar and into the online.
Dubravka, lower than 20 minutes earlier, had saved a penalty from Alvaro Morata. And the objective wasn’t completely his fault. The sequence started with a dreadful giveaway by a Slovakian defender. Pablo Sarabia pounced on an errant move, and struck the crossbar.
Dubravka did what many goalkeepers would’ve tried to do in that state of affairs. Fairly than attempt to catch the ball amid site visitors, and with the crossbar an impediment, he opted to punch the ball to security. He simply … failed.
The Euros of the personal objective
Dubravka’s howler was the seventh — sure, seventh — personal objective of the Euro 2020 group stage.
The match opened with one, and has seen its fair proportion of embarrassment since. Portugal scored two in opposition to Germany. Germany scored one itself in opposition to France. Finland held off Belgium for over an hour, then conceded through its personal goalkeeper to lose its grasp on second place in Group B.
However none have been as unhealthy as Dubravka’s.
Spain scored a second objective simply earlier than halftime and seems to be on its option to the knockout rounds regardless of two attracts to open the match.