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Paco Alcácer reflects on Spain breakthrough

Paco Alcácer admitted to a few nerves but was left to savour a competitive debut to remember as Spain kicked off the European Qualifiers with victory over FYROM.

Paco Alcácer talks to UEFA.com
Paco Alcácer talks to UEFA.com ©UEFA.com

Paco Alcácer overjoyed after scoring on competitive debut and eager for more
Vicente del Bosque talks of recovering the aura lost at the FIFA World Cup
Bosko Gjurovski urges FYROM to put the game behind them
Keeper Tome Pacovski ducks credit, saying you can't be proud when you lose 5-1

Paco Alcácer, Spain forward
I am very happy with the victory and, above all, to mark my competitive debut with a goal for the national team. It makes me proud to wear the jersey, alongside these boys. Every player that comes into the national team for the first time will feel nervous. But my team-mates kept an eye on me and made me feel comfortable. That is a key element, that we got along very well.

The game went well, except for the penalty and goal we conceded. But in general, it went well – we attacked well and defended well, and we won, which was the important thing. I look forward to continuing like this, but only the coach decides if I play. You have to respect those decisions. And in order to continue here, you have to keep on scoring goals.

Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach
We have started qualifying with three important points. We combined well and we have had more depth. We played with more people going forward and they played with five defenders, forcing us to open the game.

[For Munir El Haddadi] it is a joy to make your senior international debut at 19. Let's see how he performs in his club because he is a quick striker, who has scored a lot and is difficult to mark.

We have integrated Paco Alcácer into the squad. He has played two games, moved well and scored a goal. We will be following his development at Valencia with interest.

We lost a bit of our aura in the World Cup, but we must get it back now. And it must be on the pitch, trying to play good football and scoring points to get to EURO 2016.

Bosko Gjurovski, FYROM coach
Congratulations to Spain on the win. No matter how many defenders we played, Spain were superior.

Of course, as it ended 5-1, I would say I'm not happy with the game, but to a certain extent the players followed my instructions. In the second half I tried to change tactics, I think we played well. Now we must focus on Luxembourg and forget this match because Spain will probably go on and finish top of the group.

We never lost heart, I know that the players gave their all. The problem today was that we lost the ball a lot. Spain had many ideas and strategies.

On the positive side, we have created a number of chances, which is not bad against Spain. We should be more aggressive. We must forget this game, we have to think about Luxembourg.

Tome Pacovski, FYROM goalkeeper
I can't be so proud of my night's work when we've lost 5-1. We had some things planned when we talked pre-match and they were well understood by all of us in the dressing room, but we quickly gave away a penalty and then a goal just before half-time – to make it 3-1.

Both those things indicate that we lost concentration. But looking to the future and on the positive side we were playing against the best in the world we have pretty young players in this team. We have to wait for them to learn so that we can improve against the other teams in the group.

We can't really compare ourselves with Spain but now we have two games with Luxembourg and Ukraine and we have a good chance of taking points. I think these young players will learn and grow quickly and we'll be much better in the upcoming games.