Spain's Saul Niguez celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Against England, Spain had far less possession than they were used to under World Cup caretaker coach Fernando Hierro and predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Vicente del Bosque but played with more purpose and were more direct than before.The former Barcelona coach had already ruffled feathers by dropping mainstays Jordi Alba and Koke from his squad and then picked a new-look lineup containing only five players who had started the World Cup last-16 defeat to Russia on penalties.Midfielder Saul Niguez made the biggest impact of the new additions to the team throughout the game, giving them a thrust and directness which was lacking in Russia, where they dominated possession but lacked spark and ideas, and also providing Spain's equalizer after Marcus Rashford had put England ahead.
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