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Del Bosque Defends Casillas, Costa in Spain Loss

Spain continued its terrible run of form in 2014, losing its fourth game in six games, 2-1, away to Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualifying. Following the loss, the Spanish press focused on the performance of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has been under scrutiny with his club Real Madrid this season, for failing to stop the opening goal, a free-kick from Juraj Kucka.

“It’s the custom to focus on one part of the match,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque told Radio Marca after the game. “What’s going on with Iker isn’t beyond repair or solution. There’s too much focus on it. I don’t think he’s lost his form. He made a great save after 15 minutes. He’s a fantastic player and all Spain fans should be proud of him.”

Del Bosque added: “They had three or four chances and scored twice. We had a lot of chances but they didn’t result in a goal. It’s difficult to explain. We’re not getting any luck. We had a lot of control and couldn’t have more. We lacked the touch in front of goal that we’ve had at other times.”

Speaking of goals, striker Diego Costa once again failed to find the back of the net. He is now scoreless after six games with La Roja. “He’s not having the luck with us,” the Spain coach said. “He’s the top scorer in the Premier League and last year scored a lot of goals for Atletico Madrid,” he noted. “He’s so eager to please and to do well that it hurts.”

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