SPAIN, who begun their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a solid 5-1 victory over Macedonia, was defeated last night in front of a Slovakian crowd,
This is Spain’s first qualifying defeat in eight years. The Spanish team was trailing by one goal for most of the game after a 17th minute Slovakian goal by Juraj Kucka and finally equalized in the 82 minute with a goal by Paco Alacer.
The Spanish defence was caught off guard four minutes later and conceded the last, final goal scored by Miroslav Stoch making the score Spain 1, Slovakia 2.
Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque was not happy to say the least: “We did not create that many opportunities today. We had the match under control but conceded two goals. We were running out of energy towards the end.
“We lacked depth in our game. We tried to bring on players to change the flow, to create more chances and get into the area, but we could not manage it today.”
Meanwhile in group E, the English team secured its second win of the qualifiers beating San Marino 5-0.
English manager Roy Hodgson said: “Job well done. The crowd were fantastic.
“They’ve had an enjoyable night. We could have had more, but I can’t fault the players. I’m really pleased.”
As the qualifiers continue, Spain is scheduled to play Luxembourg at 8:45pm on October 12, and England to play Estonia earlier at 6:00pm.