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Lopetegui given positives after Colombia draw

Lopetegui given positives after Colombia draw

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has said the 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday evening has given his side lots of positives heading into Sunday’s game with Macedonia.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva gave Spain the lead but two goals from the South American’s saw the national side battle back and rescue a draw thanks to Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.

The result leaves Lopetegui’s side fully prepared for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Macedonia and the former Porto boss has praised his squad.

 

“It was a tough match. I feel we controlled the first half and had several good chances at 2-1 down in the second,” he said following the game in Murcia.

“We had to chase the game a little, but the team never stopped believing.

“We had to try mixing it up, thinking about preparations for Sunday’s game.

“That made us play with a lot of risk. We decided that some of the lads wouldn’t play, but not for any particular reason.

“Our performance? It gives us a very positive feeling. Colombia are a team with very good players.

“They took the game as it should be taken, very seriously.

“I think we were superior, but they were very clinical when they had chances, with a lot of pace on counterattacks.

“Fans? There was a party atmosphere. They supported us when we needed them.”