Photo: Man United’s Juan Mata reflects on ‘proud moment’ with Chelsea star
Juan Mata reveals his pride at captaining Spain for the first time during Monday's win over Ukraine
Juan Mata has taken to social media to reveal his delight at captaining Spain during their 1-0 win over Ukraine on Monday night.
The Manchester United playmaker took the armband from Cesc Fabregas, who missed a penalty in the first half of the Euro 2016 qualifier clash.
Mario Gaspar’s 21st-minute header handed Vicente Del Bosque’s side victory as they ended their qualification campaign for next summer’s tournament in France with a win.
Mata was a second-half substitute and played the final 25 minutes of the game, and was handed the captain’s armband when he replaced Chelsea midfielder Fabregas in the 64th minute.
And the playmaker used his personal Instagram account to reveal his delight at captaining his country for the first time.
Mata shared the picture above on the photo-sharing app and wrote: “Very proud moment! @sefutbol #Euro2016”
Mata will now turn his attentions to Manchester United and helping the Red Devils return to winning ways in the Premier League. United travel to Everton on Saturday after their 3-0 loss to Arsenal earlier this month.