‘We were EMBARRASSED’: Spanish papers blast Luis Enrique’s side for their ‘DISMAL’ defeat by Japan – which had them going out of the World Cup for three crazy minutes – as they thank Germany for fighting back against Costa Rica to send them through
Spanish media have torn into their national team after the ‘dismal’ 2-1 loss to Japan and thanked Germany for coming from behind to beat Costa Rica, which sent Luis Enrique’s side through to the round-of-16.
There was a spell in Thursday night’s concurrent fixtures in Group E where both Germany and Spain were being kicked out of the 2022 World Cup at the first hurdle.
But Hansi Flick’s side came back to beat Costa Rica 4-2, which sent Spain through on goal difference owing to their earlier 7-0 thumping of the minnows. Spain will now face Morocco on Tuesday in the last-16.
Alvaro Morata celebrated his early goal, but it was not plain sailing for Spain on Thursday
In their match report of Japan’s 2-1 win, Sport called Spain’s performance ‘dismal’, with the 2010 World Cup winners unable to make the most of their high possession during the game.
Spain went ahead after 11 minutes through Alvaro Morata, although two early second-half goals from substitute Ritsu Doan and Ao Tanaka gave Japan the win which sealed top spot in the group.
The chaotic events of the evening were splashed across Friday’s front pages in Spain as they were equally ashamed of their own team’s performance and grateful to their fellow Europeans.
‘We were embarrassed’ wrote Marca, featuring the image showing the ball narrowly on the line
Marca said ‘We were embarrassed’, adding ‘A disappointing Spain was eliminated for three minutes, and qualified thanks to Germany.’
They featured the photograph of the tight line call in the build-up to Japan’s second goal through Tanaka, which proved to be the winner.
Many armchair fans felt that the ball went out of play, but there was no proof that the whole ball was over the whole line, and Japan’s goal stood.
AS wrote ‘Danke!’ to the Germans for aiding Spain into the knockouts, albeit at their expense
Mundo Deportivo wrote ‘Thanks, Germany’, as their win over Costa Rica sent Spain through
AS wrote ‘Danke!’, the German for ‘Thank you!’, after their win aided Spain into the knockout phase, while Mundo Deportivo also thanked Hansi Flick’s side.
Mundo also noted that Spain’s route as second-place finishers means that they will avoid playing Argentina until the final.
They also mention Brazil in this scenario, although they are not yet confirmed group winners.
L’Esportiu said that Spain ‘was eliminated for a few minutes in a cold sweat’ as Costa Rica led
‘What a scare!’ Sport wrote on their front cover, but said they avoid Brazil or Argentina for now
L’Esportiu said that Spain ‘was eliminated for a few minutes in a cold sweat’, as both Japan and Costa Rica were ahead in their matches. Instead Germany’s win meant that goal difference sent Luis Enrique’s side through to the knockout rounds.
On the front cover, Sport wrote ‘the selection played its worst game’, and that they will take on surprise package Morocco next.
They also run Luis Enrique’s quote that he did not know Spain were heading out of the tournament, or else it would have given him a ‘heart attack’.
Super Deporte wrote of a ‘scare and warning’ as a result of nearly going out of the World Cup
Super Deporte wrote of a ‘scare and warning’, noting it was similar to their performance in 2018 ‘with a game full of possession but zero danger against the rival goal’.
Spain will have to get over the rollercoaster of emotions attached with Thursday’s events, and focus on their knockout clash with surprise package Morocco at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.
The winner of that clash will play either the winner of Group H or the runners-up of Group G in the quarter final next Saturday.
Luis Enrique’s squad will have to regroup ahead of Spain’s knockout clash with Morocco