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Friday September 6 2019
Ramos: Spain must learn to kill games

Sergio Ramos has warned Spain that not killing off close ties could cost the national team in future, and explained his ‘glasses’ celebration.

Ramos netted La Roja’s opening goal from the penalty spot before Paco Alcacer doubled the advantage, but a goal from Florin Andone and a late red card for Diego Llorente made for a nervy climax.

“We knew it was going to be a complicated game. Any international match carries tremendous difficulty, and it was that way,” Ramos said post-match, according to AS.

“We had a great first half but despite that, we couldn’t get a bigger advantage. We have to learn to kill off these matches, so we don’t get to the end of the match with the fear of losing three points.

“Winning away from home and reaching an objective gives us peace of mind, but we haven’t done anything yet because we want to be top of the group and get 30 points. Now is to rest well and see if it’s easier with our fans.”

Ramos was also asked about the yellow card he received for his glasses celebration, which referee Deniz Aytekin initially interpreted as a knock against him.

“I’ve already spoken to the referee. The celebration was to give the goal to my nephew, who also wears glasses, like me. It was to tell him there’s nothing wrong with wearing glasses,” Ramos explained.

“It was directed at the camera. The referee understood, he apologised and regretted it.”

Football Italia website