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Friday, June 23, 2006
Fringe players benefited, says Spain's Juanito
KAISERSLAUTERN, June 23 (Reuters) - Spain goalscorer Juanito said the 1-0 World Cup win over Saudi Arabia on Friday proved valuable experience for the fringe players in the squad.
'The game didn't have a lot of importance because we had
already qualified but it was a chance for the other players to
impress,' he told Spanish radio.
Coach Luis Aragones fielded an entirely new team for Spain's
final Group H match.
'We all did the best we could and I was pleased with my
performance because it isn't every day you can score a goal in a
World Cup,' added Juanito.
'We played well enough in the first half but lost too many
balls too easily in the second when we took it a little easy.
'But they were not easy opponents. They made it difficult
Spain now play France, Switzerland or South Korea in the
'I don't care who we get in the next round, though France
are clearly the strongest side we can come up against,' said
'It's one more little step to (the final) in Berlin. We'll
see how it goes.'
One of the fringe players given a chance on Friday was
striker Jose Antonio Reyes.
'It was my first match today,' said Reyes. 'I was quite
happy. I think I did a good job. We won and that's the important
'I think people can expect a lot more from us. This is just
the beginning. This was just our start.'