Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas stands surrounded by balls inside the goal during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. A 2-0 loss to Chile on Wednesday left Spain without hope of advancing to the second round, becoming the first defending champion to be assured of elimination after just two group games. Spain will play its last Group A match on Monday against Australia.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Spain squad trying to stay upbeat at World Cup
By PAUL LOGOTHETIS
| The Associated Press
First Published Jun 20 2014 10:27 am • Last Updated Jun 20 2014 11:34 pm
Curitiba, Brazil • The Spanish squad is trying to stay upbeat in its last days at the World Cup after reports emerged that players were upset with Xabi Alonso for his unrepentant critique of the 2010 champion’s performances in Brazil.
The squad had a full training session Friday ahead of its last Group B match against Australia at Curitiba on Monday, which will determine which of the already eliminated teams finishes last in the group.
Alonso said Spain lacked hunger and commitment to win following defeats to the Netherlands and Chile, and said changes were necessary.
Coach Vicente del Bosque’s future is also under scrutiny after the No. 1-ranked Spain, which entered the tournament as the world and European champion, lost its opening matches by a combined total of 7-1.
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