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Spain Hails Substitutes in Comeback Win

  • ITV.com, Tuesday, June 20, 2006 2:32 PM
Perhaps it's Spain, and not Brazil, that's turning into the neutral's favorite at this year's World Cup. For 70 pulsating minutes, the Spaniards searched and searched for an equalizer you knew had to be coming. And it was Raul, the out-of-form legend, who brought the group favorites back in control of a game they thoroughly dominated. Five minutes later, Fernando Torres put the game beyond doubt with a lovely finish to a fine pass from Cesc Fabregas, before adding a third from the spot in stoppage time. It was great stuff to watch, but the Spaniards will be concerned about how easily they conceded the first goal of the match: a standing back-line watched as the ball popped up for Jaouhar Mnari to hit first time on the volley; the defense remained standing as Mnari guided his rebound past Iker Casillas. Spain coach Luis Aragones hailed his substitutes for getting the team back in the match. "Raul and Fabregas' interpretation of our play was extraordinary," he said. Meanwhile, Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre knows the going will be difficult against a Ukrainian side that just confidently brushed aside the Saudis,4-0. Tunisia needs a win, while Ukraine only needs a draw (unless Saudi Arabia beats Spain by more than four goals) to advance to the next round.

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