Spain puncture England's feelgood factor

Sunday, September 09, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — England failed to build on the momentum of reaching the World Cup semi-finals to begin their UEFA Nations League campaign as Spain came from behind yesterday to win 2-1 at Wembley in Luis Enrique's first game in charge.

Gareth Southgate couldn't have asked for a better start in England's first game since returning from Russia as Marcus Rashford swept the hosts into an early lead.

But Spain, who crashed out in the last 16 of a chaotic World Cup after firing Coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament, punctured the feel-good factor surrounding the Three Lions by hitting back through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo before half-time.

Worse was to come for England as Luke Shaw had to be stretchered off early in the second half with a worrying looking head injury.

But only three stunning saves from David de Gea and a controversial decision to rule out Danny Welbeck's late strike denied Southgate's men at least a point.

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