Luis Enrique was ready for the criticism to start pouring out back home.He knew another setback so close to the World Cup would raise questions about his team and his work.
Then a late goal changed it all, and it was all joy and praise for Spain heading into soccer’s showcase event.Spain scored an 88th-minute goal to end their winless streak against Portugal on Tuesday and advance in the Nations League to complete the Final Four line-up.
“The questions in football will always be a consequence of the results,” Spain coach Enrique said.
“If we had lost in the 85th, then it would be said that everything was a disaster.Now it’s all different.”
The late goal by Álvaro Morata secured a 1-0 victory that allowed Spain to overtake Portugal in Group A2 and join Croatia, Italy and the Netherlands in the finals to be played in June next year.
“It’s wonderful to be back in the Final Four,” he said.“Victory is the best antidote for any depression or sadness.”
Portugal had a late chance to earn the point they needed but Cristiano Ronaldo missed from close range.