Spain coach Luis Enrique said football had been unfair to his side after Thursday’s dramatic 3-2 defeat in Croatia left them in danger of failing to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.
The 2010 World Cup winners had to chase the game twice in the second half, with Dani Ceballos cancelling out Andrej Kramaric’s opener and captain Sergio Ramos levelling from the penalty spot after Tin Jedvaj had made it 2-1 to the hosts.
Luis Enrique told a news conference that we created a lot of chances, some of them where it looked impossible that the ball would not go in, we hit the crossbar, and football has been unfair to us.
In their first goal we made a mistake, their second came from a set piece and they were lucky at the end. In the second half we deserved a lot more, we certainly didn’t deserve defeat but this is football and we need to accept it.
Spain have experienced a slump since thumping Croatia 6-0 in September and beating England in their Nations League opener.
Luis Enrique appeared resigned to his side not making it through, turning his attention to the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.
“I am sure we have it in us to beat England,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “The best of this new look team is yet to come.”