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Spain gaffer Fernando Hierro happy despite draw against Portugal in FIFA World Cup

Spain coach Fernando Hierro was left frustrated by the late Cristiano Ronaldo goal which denied his side a win against Portugal.

Published: 17th June 2018 12:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2018 12:03 AM   |  A+A-

Spain head coach Fernando Hierro applauds his teams fans after the end of the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. | AP

By IANS

SOCHI: Spain coach Fernando Hierro was left frustrated by the late Cristiano Ronaldo goal which denied his side a win against Portugal, but on the whole it was a positive evening for him in his first game in charge.

Bearing in mind the events of the three days prior to kick-off, it was a positive result for Spain on Friday and they still have an excellent chance of topping their group, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I am proud of them, there is commitment. It's great to have players like this, who all know what they want," Hierro commented to the press.

The only negative on the night was another error from goalkeeper David de Gea, who allowed Ronaldo's tame long range shot to squirm past him for Portugal's second goal of the game. 

De Gea has been outstanding for Manchester United, but it was his second bad error in three games this summer (the other was against Switzerland on June 3) and there are some calls for him to be dropped.

De Gea was philosophical about his mistake after the game, telling the press there was nothing that could be done to change the past and that now he has to prepare to face Iran.



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