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Del Bosque: 'I can't find words to explain five goals'
June 13th, 2014 9:10PM

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[WORLD CUP REACTION: Friday] Stunned Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque could not imagine the defending World Cup champions going down to defeat like they did to the Netherlands. The 5-1 loss -- dubbed a "Manotazo" ("slap") by the Spanish media -- in its Group B opener left La Roja reeling ahead of its next game against Chile, a 3-1 winner over Australia on Friday.

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"We have never been a very defensive team," said Del Bosque, "but always coped well defending. Today we've been very weak."

The five goals were one less than Spain conceded en route to the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 titles -- a span of 19 games. What made the performance so worrying was that the loss could have been a lot worse as Spain completely fell apart in the face of the Dutch second-half onslaught.

"We kept on fighting," Del Bosque said, "but they were physically stronger as the game went on and that made a difference."

Del Bosque has a lot to think about before Spain's next game against Chile. Yes, Spain recovered from losing its 2010 opener to Switzerland to win the World Cup, but this is an older Spanish team. A loss against the Chileans, whom they beat four years ago to reach the second round, would likely eliminate the Spaniards after two games. Del Bosque did not sound confident.

"It is now a delicate situation for us which we will and try and overcome in our next game against Chile and then see what happens."

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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera:
"The team surpassed my expectations on the field. We had a lot of opportunities to score goals and we ran hard. I'm thrilled because the team worked collectively and left everything on the field."


1 comment
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: June 14, 2014 at 8:54 a.m.
    Write off Spain at your own peril. This is just an off day for the champions. There is a strong possibility they end up playing host Brazil in the round of 16. What a match that would be.


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