Del Bosque in disbelief

Post-match reaction to Spain's 1-1 draw against Finland.

Last Updated: 22/03/13 at 23:26 Post Comment

Finland celebrate the 1-1 draw against Spain.

Finland celebrate the 1-1 draw against Spain.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque claimed to be in disbelief after seeing his side draw 1-1 with Finland in a World Cup Group I qualifier.

The World Cup and European Championship holders dominated possession and created far more chances than the visitors over the 90 minutes at the Molinon stadium in Gijon.

However, Teemu Pukki's 78th minute equaliser cancelled out Sergio Ramos' headed goal to land Finland a surprise draw and deny Spain the three points.

"It seems impossible that after dominating the first and second half we have drawn the match," Del Bosque said.

La Roja enjoyed 82 percent of possession and had 29 shots, leaving their coach to rue wasted opportunities.

"We could have been more composed in front of goal," he said. "We couldn't create enough clear shots and we were unable to get the second goal to finish off the game."

Del Bosque praised Finland for their defensive work but was shocked that they were able to find an equaliser as they played defensively throughout.

"They closed us down very well and then the unthinkable happened: they scored," he said.

He also cursed his defenders' complacency for the goal, adding: "We didn't contemplate the counterattack. We dominated the game so much that our defenders began to think that all they needed to do was attack."

The result means France overtake Spain as leaders of Group I and the two teams meet in a showdown clash at the Stade de France in Paris next Tuesday, a game Spain must win if they are to reclaim their place as group leaders before the club football calendar resumes again.

Despite tonight's result, Del Bosque expressed confidence that his team have got what it takes to beat Didier Deschamps' side and go on to finish as leaders of Group I, qualifying for the World Cup directly.

He said: "Our fate is still in our hands and we are still a great team. Beating France is possible. There are still four games left [of qualifying] and there's still a long way to go."

Sergio Ramos, who scored Spain's only goal and also became the youngest ever player to make 100 appearances for La Roja, was in a similar mood to his coach at the final whistle.

He said: "Drawing this match is a real shame. We were in control of the game and we let it slip away from us in the final minutes. We cannot leave here happy with ourselves because we thought it would be very difficult for them to score against us given that they played so defensively."

The centre-back also admitted his centenary celebrations had been deflated by the result.

"The result is a pity after celebrating playing 100 games and scoring the goal," he said.

Ramos denied that he and his team-mates had failed to win because they were distracted by thoughts of their trip to Paris next week, and still believes they can pick themselves up and take all the three points against France.

He said: "We remained calm for almost the whole 90 minutes but then we lacked the precision to kill the game off. We weren't thinking about France, because today's game was more important, but we are focusing on them now.

"We will be up against a great team but we can beat them, and we have to go there on Tuesday with that frame of mind."


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