Martin Dubravka lays bare his emotions: ‘Now it is all on me how can I cope with it’
Martin Dubravka reminded in the harshest way.
For a goalkeeper, nobody remembers the positives if you make a massive blunder and your team loses.
A striker can miss a dozen chances but if they score the winner with the thirteenth, all is forgiven.
On Wednesday night, in truth the Newcastle keeper’s massive mistake probably made minimal difference to the final result.
Spain had to win to qualify and with the bit between their teeth, were always going to win.
However, Martin Dubravka did set them on their way.
In the 12th minute Slovakia may have thought the gods were with them, as Martin Dubravka pulled off a stunning penalty save.
However, a dominant Spanish side just kept piling on the pressure.
Then in the 30th minute the key moment came, a total nightmare for the Newcastle keeper, trying to push a high ball out for a corner, Dubravka instead palmed it into his own net.
Four more goals followed for Spain but the Newcastle goalkeeper acknowledged his big mistake for the opening goal would be a tricky one to get over: ‘As I said, for me now the most important thing is how I cope with this.’
The end of match stats summed up the Spanish dominance, nine shots on target and none from Slovakia, as well as seven corners and none for the losing side.
However, no consolation for the goalkeeper who has done so well for club and country.
Martin Dubravka reflecting on the 5-0 defeat to Spain and THAT goal:
“It is hard to look back on this match…
“We have conceded many goals, we gave them many opportunities to create a sufficient lead and then they were in control of the match.
“So yes, for me it is very hard to look back on it.
“In my opinion, the first goal was crucial.
“Personally, the hardest bit for me now is coming to terms with it. That’s going to be hardest.
“These moments happen, of course, they shouldn’t at such a level, but it happens. In sport these moments happen. Now it is all on me how can I cope with it.
“Obviously, I would be more pleased if something like this never happened. Well, football brings us even these moments.
“As I said, for me now the most important thing is how I cope with this.
“I am sorry because of my team-mates and our fans who travelled here, or watched the match at home on TV.
“Basically, they had a head start with the goals and then they had it under control. We then wanted to turn the game.
“During half time, we decided to try our best but they showed us their extra class.
“They took advantage of the opportunities we offered to them. And unfortunately for us, the score is shameful.
“What pains me more is that we have not presented ourselves as we wanted to.
“From me, as the first man by the net, as I said, it is hard to deal with. But that’s football. It brings results like this.”
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