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“We're happy not to have conceded but apart from the quality of the team overall, David was sensational in two or three incidents, we have to recognise that."

- Spain manager Julen Lopetegui

13/06/2013 08:49, Report by Mark Froggatt

De Gea takes the plaudits

David De Gea maintained his perfect record in the European Under-21 Championship, keeping a third consecutive clean sheet as Spain thrashed the Netherlands 3-0 to top Group B.

Incredibly, the Manchester United goalkeeper is yet to concede in the competition and his performance at the Ha Moshava Stadium on Wednesday earned rave reviews - having made three key saves to deny Mike van der Hoorn, Memphis Depay and Adam Maher.  

Goals from Alvaro Morata, Isco and Alvaro Vazquez helped the defending champions set up a semi-final meeting with Norway on Saturday - although it was De Gea who stole the plaudits to earn the Man of the Match award from Spanish television.

Afterwards, Spain manager Julen Lopetegui hailed his team’s display and De Gea’s heroics in between the sticks: “We try to keep the ball and defend and attack with it, and also to get the ball back when we lose it,” he said.

“We're happy not to have conceded but apart from the quality of the team overall, David was sensational in two or three incidents, we have to recognise that.

“The whole team has a brilliant attitude when we don't have the ball but I'm only moderately happy as the next game will be completely different.”

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