Lopetegui hails Spain ‘belief’

Julen Lopetegui hailed his Spain side after they “never stopped believing” during Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Colombia.

Spain seemed to be heading for their first defeat under Lopetegui, until Alvaro Morata headed in an equaliser with only four minutes of normal time remaining.

“It was a tough match. I feel we controlled the first half and had several good chances at 2-1 down in the second,” the Coach said after the game.

“We had to chase the game a little, but the team never stopped believing.

“We had to try mixing it up, thinking about preparations for Sunday’s game [against FYR Macedonia].

“That made us play with a lot of risk. We decided that some of the lads wouldn’t play, but not for any particular reason.

“Our performance? It gives us a very positive feeling. Colombia are a team with very good players.

“They took the game as it should be taken, very seriously.

“I think we were superior, but they were very clinical when they had chances, with a lot of pace on counterattacks.

“Fans? There was a party atmosphere. They supported us when we needed them.”

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