It took Spain a fantastic Asier Illarramendi goal in the 76th minute to finally take the lead in Israel, but that goal proved enough to get them another win, in their last game in these World Cup qualifiers.
We knew it was going to be difficult because we were up against a hyper-motivated team. They played well and in the first half we did not know how to attack their defense
Julen Lopetegui admitted, talking to reporters after Spain’s 1-0 win, in which several ‘regulars’ were left on the bench, and others were given the chance to play, guys who hadn’t been given that much playing time in the previous matches.
When you do not score the first goal soon, it sometimes complicates everything, but in the end we have achieved the three points
the Spain coach said, before pointing out the self-evident.
We can’t always win comfortably, we can’t always score three, four, five goals. We always have an opponent against us, and the opponent is always trying to make it as tough as possible. Israel were very motivated to do well against Spain, and… in the end of the day, we must congratulate the players for this win and generally for this brilliant qualification