Spain sails comfortably into the knock-out stages of the Euro 2016 after another scintillating performance against Turkey. In the midst of all the controversies and Spain’s glory, David De Gea broke a 50-year-old record by keeping clean sheets in his first 5 competitive matches with Spain.
The record was held by Gordon Banks who managed clean sheets for 442 minutes, which De Gea broke after managing a clean sheet in a 5th consecutive match against Turkey. The Turks did not trouble the Spanish defense much, as they stood firm. Spain were at their best and it was a glimmer of hope for Spanish fans after a disappointing 2014 World Cup.
The Manchester United shot stopper kept clean sheets in his first four competitive matches against Luxembourg, Macedonia, Ukraine and Czech Republic, the fifth came against the Turks.
In the match against Turkey, De Gea was rarely troubled except for the early mistake by Sergio Ramos. The record will be a huge boost for De Gea in a bid to regain his confidence after all the controversies he faced. De Gea has become Del Bosque’s first choice ahead of Iker Casillas, who held the goalkeeping reigns for Spain for a long time.