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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 05:42 GMT 06:42 UK
Spain stronger for struggle
A Japanese fan holds up a banner supporting Raul
Japanese fans have warmed to Spanish ace Raul
Spanish striker Raul says his team have the right temperament to win the World Cup.

Spain played all of extra time against the Republic of Ireland a man down, but stood firm to force a penalty shootout, which they won 3-2 to book their place in the quarter-finals.

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This victory will give a real boost to our morale. It will make us stronger
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Fernando Hierro
Spanish skipper

And there is now growing belief in the Spain squad that they have the toughness, as well as the talent, to go all the way.

"The team have now shown that we know how to suffer," said Raul, who was withdrawn in the second half with a groin problem that makes him a doubt for the next match.

"We played well, particularly in the first half, and we had chances to score a second.

"We had to get through some bad moments towards the end but we managed it and showed the strength there is in this squad."

After looking comfortable for most of normal time, Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho had to reorganise his troops in extra time when midfielder David Albelda was unable to continue.

Albelda's absence meant that Spain played all of extra time one man down
Albelda: Unable to play in extra time

Having already used their three substitutes, Spain played the 30 additional minutes with 10 men, although, incredibly, some of the Irish team admitted afterwards to being unaware of their numerical advantage.

"Mentally we were very strong - this is a mature team," said skipper Fernando Hierro, who accused Ireland of a tactical error during extra time.

"We did have to suffer in extra time because they continued to play a long ball game. Maybe that was a mistake on their part, though, because we dealt with that threat very well.

"This victory will give a real boost to our morale. It will make us stronger."

Spain hobble on towards Saturday's quarter-final against Italy or South Korea with three players on the injured list.

While Raul has a decent chance of getting fit, Albelda is definitely out after aggravating an old groin injury.

Luis Enrique may also struggle to be fit after playing through the pain against Ireland with a leg muscle strain.


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