'I would have had a heart attack' – Luis Enrique 'didn't know' Spain were briefly out

Spain coach Luis Enrique during his side's 2-1 defeat to Japan at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Spain coach Luis Enrique claims he was unaware that La Roja were momentarily eliminated from the 2022 World Cup on Thursday night.

Luis Enrique's side scored early against Japan but conceded twice at the start of the second half to go 2-1 behind and in Group E's other game, Costa Rica overturned a one-goal deficit to lead Germany by the same scoreline.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.