The goalkeeper saved two big shots in a shootout to take his team to the Euro semi-finals.
Spain midfielder Cook says his team-mate Unai Simon has “big balls” when the goalkeeper leads the way to a shootout victory over Switzerland.
After reaching the semi-finals of Spain Euro 2020, Swiss youngster Robin Vargas fired his spot-kick over the bar before Simon saved two in the exchange of fire, stopping Fabian Scar and Manuel Icanzi.
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What did you say
“They have such big balls,” Cook said of his teammate. “What happened to him against Croatia was unfortunate, but what he did after that was unbelievable, with great calm. I hope it continues at this level. “
He added: “How can it not make us strong enough to overcome difficulties. It becomes more united and, eventually, things work out. You can see from the outside that the group is united and we are all together. One hundred percent. “
A sense of excitement
Explaining his views on the exchange of fire, Simon said he was at least disappointed at first that he had reached this stage.
Referee Michael Oliver chose to send Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler to deal with the stand-up, but Spain had been playing with a man since the 77th minute.
Despite the man’s advantage, Spain could not find the target to avoid the exchange of fire.
Once there, Simon stepped in, taking Spain to the quarter-finals with either Belgium or Italy.
“It’s a feeling of happiness, but also of resentment at what the team was doing in 120 minutes,” he said. “We shouldn’t have gotten there, but we were lucky, the coin fell on us and we’re very happy about that,” he said.
“Today is a great day, but we still have to win this European Championship,” he added.