Keown says Matt Turner was lucky to not cost USMNT goal on Saturday
Martin Keown told BBC One (broadcast on 3/12; 16:07) that Matt Turner was fortunate to not cost the USMNT a goal in the early stages of the second-half against the Netherlands after the Arsenal goalkeeper had initially prevented an own goal being scored.
The US are out of the World Cup after a 3-1 loss against the Dutch. Louis van Gaal’s men were excellent and largely controlled the game to book their place in the last eight of the competition.
Turner actually went into the game having not conceded a single goal from open play during the tournament. And, despite conceding three, there was little he could have done to prevent the loss on Saturday.
Keown says Matt Turner was lucky
But Keown seemingly felt that the Arsenal man made an error which went unpunished five minutes after the break.
Denzel Dumfries produced a brilliant cross which was turned towards goal by American defender Walker Zimmerman. Turner did superbly to change direction slightly and parry the ball away from the goal.
However, Keown was not overly impressed by how he diverted the ball right into the middle of the six-yard box. Thankfully for the US, Sergino Dest was able to beat Daley Blind to the rebound.
Keown initially praised the Gunners goalkeeper, but was more critical as the replay continued.
“He does well, the goalkeeper. Good reactions, down to his left-hand side. Puts it into harms way though and he’s lucky,” he told BBC One.
In fairness to Turner, in his eyesight, he had Memphis Depay running towards him. So in that split-second, he seemed to decide that he would take his chances that parrying the ball across the goal would be safer.
Perhaps he should have had a better idea of the danger inside his area before the cross came across. But it is hard to be too critical of Turner diverting the ball away from Depay.
Similarly, you have to say that it has been a positive tournament for Turner. The Gunners goalkeeper has been impressive for the US, showing why he should keep his place as number one for the time-being.
He will hope that, in Mikel Arteta’s eyes, he has closed the gap between himself and Aaron Ramsdale while away.
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