By defeating Albania 3-0 at the same time as Italy were held by Macedonia, La Roja ensured that they’ll finish group winners, no matter what happens next Monday.
“You need to celebrate the good things, so we sang, we jumped and we danced,”Julen Lopetegui said after the match.
“We are pleased and proud of what we’ve achieved because it is important for Spain.
“It’s time to focus on the positive things, both in football and in this country.”
The Basque coach thanked the supporters in Alicante for their backing as well.
“The home fans were very good,” Lopetegui told reporters.
Finally, Lopetegui denied that the bookings collected by Gerard Pique and David Silva were on purpose, with a view to earning a suspension for next week’s dead rubber against Israel.