Jose Mourinho

JOSE MOURINHO leapt to David De Gea’s defence after the Spain goalkeeper’s howler gifted Cristiano Ronaldo a goal against Portugal.

The Real Madrid striker was the star of the show in Sochi as his hat-trick earned his side a 3-3 draw.

 David De Gea allows Cristiano Ronaldo's effort to squirm to past him

But, for his second, he had a major helping hand from De Gea, who allowed the ball to squeeze past him and into the back of the net.

And while Mourinho was forced to accept it was poor, he insisted it was totally uncharacteristic.

He told Russia Today: “It’s my boy, it hurts me to say but he knows it’s a bad mistake.

“It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us — Player of the Season, fantastic performances. But that happens to the best.

“The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there.”

Spain boss Fernando Hierro, on his debut as La Roja manager, also refused to blame the Manchester United stopper.

Speaking after the epic he draw, he explained: “We are a team. We know there are players who will have better and worse days. He is a human being and we do not doubt our players.

“He is one of ours. He knows perfectly well that a goalkeeper is a special position with a special type of psychology.”