Spain’s 3-2 loss to England in the League of Nations on Monday not only pierced the bubble of optimism around new coach Luis Enrique but also reminisced about his sad campaign at the World Cup in Russia.
England reached a 3-0 lead and the hosts were booed at half-time in Seville. Spain tried to come back in the second half and scored two goals, but they were not enough to prevent Luis Enrique’s first defeat since he took the reins in July.
The arrival of the Asturian coach boosted morale after a disastrous World Cup campaign in which the Russian hosts defeated the Spanish team in the Round of 16.
“England’s victory transfers (…) all the doubts that seemed buried after the horrific passage through Russia,” said the sports newspaper Marca on Tuesday.
“It has taken a slap of reality that makes it retreat three months ago,” he added.
AS newspaper said Spain should have had a penalty in their favor, but offered a tough view of the team, “with a lazy midfield and a very forward and suicidal defence.
Central defender Sergio Ramos scored Spain’s second goal in injury time, but it was criticised by the media.
The president of the League, Javier Tebas, said Spanish fans also disappointed the country after some booed the English anthem.
“The national anthems represent the noblest and deepest feelings of many people. They should always be respected. he said on his Twitter account.
“We have to apologize to the English and make what happened yesterday never happen again,” he added.