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Spain PM hopes country will win WC

Madrid, June 19: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday that he hoped Spain wins the FIFA World Cup in Russia. “God grant that Spain become world champions. It would be a gift for the Spanish people on the eve of the holidays,” Sanchez said in an interview to state TV-channel TVE. This was the first interview after his appointment. Spain and Portugal played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Friday, with Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick, reports Sputnik news agency.

Earlier, Spain defender Gerard Pique said that it was important for their team to show that the sacking of their former head coach Julen Lopetegui has not had any lingering effects on the squad. IANS