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Alvaro Morata Misses Open Goal Rebound After Gerard Moreno Hits Post From Penalty

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Alvaro Morata Misses Open Goal Rebound After Gerard Moreno Hits Post From Penalty

Alvaro Morata missed an open goal from a rebound after Gerard Moreno's penalty hit the post in the 1-1 draw against Poland on Saturday night.

The Juventus striker opened the scoring in Seville and was hoping to have put his miss against Sweden behind him.

But unfortunately for Morata, he added another horrendous gaffe to his unwanted collection in the second half of the Group E fixture.

Shortly after Robert Lewandowski had equalised with his first goal in an international tournament, Spain were awarded a penalty following a VAR check after Moreno went down inside the area.

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The Villarreal striker's effort from 12 yards struck the past, but the rebound bounced invitingly for the onrushing Morata.

However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man got his contact all wrong and fired wide - well and truly letting Poland off the hook with a finish that was so poor it looked like a clearance.

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Morata failed to convert another chance inside the box when he was denied by Wojciech Szczęsny and was later hooked for Real Sociedad's Mikel Oyarzabal.

Speaking ahead of the game with Poland, Morata was asked about the criticism and boos he received following that costly one-one-one miss against Sweden in the opening match.

He claimed to have been unaffected by the negative reaction and pledged to give "200 per cent" when wearing La Roja colours.

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"I've taken this situation very normally," Morata said, as per Metro.

"I've been working since the Under-17s to be here and play these tournaments.

"I can't be liked by everyone. When there are criticisms you have to respect them but listen little and work. In a match things happen so fast that you don't have time to think.

"The goalkeeper did very well [to close the space] and I had to adjust to the post.

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"I don't know if tomorrow the ball will enter the goal, but I will give 200 per cent every time I play for Spain. It is normal that when you draw a game and you deserve to win it, it costs you sleep

"The opinion of the people does not change my mood. If I score I will be happy for the people who are always with me, but I am doing great."

Topics: Football, Alvaro Morata, Spain

Josh Lawless
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