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Spain 'must be given the merit it deserves' for World Cup qualification

Spain 'must be given the merit it deserves' for World Cup qualification
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui felt he had seen just what he wanted from all the players following a 3-3 draw against 2018 World Cup hosts Russia in St Petersburg.

La Roja headed to the Petrovsky Stadium having won eight of their nine matches during 2017, and on the back of a 5-0 rout of Costa Rica.

Lopetegui opted to make five changes on Wednesday night, with Suso handed his senior international debut.

After seeing his side retain their unbeaten run, with two penalties from captain Sergio Ramos being matched by a double strike from Krasnodar frontman Fyodor Smolov, Lopetegui was left to reflect on a positive week with his squad who will now return to club battles.

"These have been tough matches, we have approached them very well," Lopetegui said at a post-match news conference.

"The aim was to see everyone, we have played well in both matches.

"The balance of our team is very positive.

"We have achieved direct qualification and this must be given the merit it deserves.

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