New Delhi: Spanish custodian Unai Simon made one of the worst howlers to give Croatia the lead through an unnecessary own goal in the round of 16 clash of Euro 2020 on Monday.Also Read - From Lionel Messi-Led Argentina Winning Copa America to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Homecoming to Manchester United; Top 5 Best Moments of Football in 2021
It was a very bizarre and clumsy attitude from the Spanish goalkeeper Simon as he fails to receive a long backpass from captain Sergio Busquets and turned it in inside his own goal. Croatia took an early lead and Spain were in shock despite dominating the game. However, before Half-Time, PSG midfielder, Pablo Sarabia made it all square all over again. This was Sarabia’s second goal of the tournament. It was a very intense first half as both teams played with their heart on the sleeves but Spain were a bit dominant despite conceding the own goal. Also Read - Ballon D'or 2021 Winner Leaked ? Pictures go Viral in Social Media; Lionel Messi Tipped to Win 7th Crown, Robert Lewandowski to Finish Runners-Up
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This was the ninth own-goal of the tournament, third by a goalkeeper. Finland’s Lukas Hradecky was the first goalee to concede an own goal against Belgium, followed by Slovakia’s Martin Dubravka turning it in inside his own box against Spain whilst clearing the ball and now Bilbao’s Simon being the latest to score an own-goal.
Span’s manager Luis Enrique has preferred Simon over Manchester United star glovesman David de Gea in Euro this season. De Gea was criticized heavily last season after inconsistent performances for the Red Devils including a crucial penalty shot miss during the Europa League final against Villarreal.