Watch: Things go from bad to worse for Morata with missed pen vs Slovakia

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Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has come under plenty of criticism in the Spanish press during Euro 2020, and that looks unlikely to change, even as La Roja look well-placed to make it into the knockout stage. 

Morata scored Spain’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Poland, and celebrated wildly with coach Luis Enrique, who has unequivocally backed his No.9 in his press conferences after a raft of missed chances in their opening 0-0 draw with Spain.

La Roja missed a golden chance to beat Poland, after Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno missed a spot-kick when the scores were tied at 1-1. Morata then missed a brilliant opportunity to slot home the rebound.

After VAR intervened to give Spain a penalty after 10 minutes in their must-win final group stage match against Slovakia, Morata – not Moreno, who scored his last 12 penalties for Villarreal before missing for Spain – was entrusted to convert.

But Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka guessed correctly and dived to save an unconvincing spot-kick that was the right height for him to stop.

“It’s like he apologises to the ball before he strikes it,” ITV pundit Gary Neville said at half-time. “There’s just no belief.”

Fortunately for Spain, Dubravka had a mare from that point onwards. He conceded the opener after a truly ridiculous howler own goal, and was culpable in the build-up as Man City’s Aymeric Laporte made it 2-0 to Spain shortly before half-time.


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