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‘Fiasco’: How Spain reacted to humiliating World Cup penalty shootout defeat against Morocco


As for potential replacements, Pico suggested that a four-horse race could develop to replace Luis Enrique were he to leave or face the sack, with former Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and Rafa Benitez among the candidates who could rival the current favourite for the role, Marcelino Garcia Toral, the former Athletic Bilbao coach.

“With the future of Luis Enrique in the air, another of the issues that are put on the table is the list of candidates who already sound like future replacements. There are four main candidates: Roberto Martínez, who has just left the Belgian team, Marcelino Garcia Toral, the best positioned right now, Rafa Benítez and Luis de la Fuente, the Under-21 coach.”

How the rest of the world reacted

Speaking on ITV’s live coverage of the match, former England international and Telegraph Sport columnist Joe Cole described the result “unbelievable” given the disruption that Morocco have endured leading into the tournament.

“It’s a real honour and a privilege to be here in front of all these Morocco fans and the emotion is palpable,” he told ITV.

“This is why we love football. I said before the shootout, they were heroes, whatever happened, but football is about moments.

“I’ve never taken a penalty, certainly not at this level. Unbelievable. I just can’t believe this, my eyes keep getting drawn towards the fans and the party going on. I don’t know when it’s going to stop tonight.”

Cole added: “It’s the first shock we’ve had at the knockout stages at the World Cup, this is the coach’s sixth game in charge of the team. 


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