Albiol welcomes late winners

For the second time in five days the reigning European champions left it until the final minutes to snatch victory after Fernando Llorente’s injury-time effort saw them defeat Saudi Arabia 3-2 on Saturday.

It also proved that last-gasp Spain winners are no fluke. Within the past 2 years teams such as Argentina, Turkey, Belgium, Greece and Sweden have all been defeated by goals in the final five minutes.

Following last night’s win over South Korea, Albiol said: “Since 2008 we’ve been winning games in the final minutes, this is important as it means the team are working until the last moment, and our opponents suffer from fatigue more than us. The team have had patience and that is good.”