Did Spain lose to Japan to eliminate Germany? Cesar Azpilicueta responds

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Chelsea and Spain centre-back Cesar Azpilicueta has rubbished any suggestion that Spain lost to Japan so Germany will be eliminated from the World Cup.

Azpilicueta said: “I was aware in the second half [of the Germany score]; I was on the bench so I was aware of the situation.

“If they look at our group the last couple of years we always give everything and we go out of the pitch to win every game, to press every ball.

“We have been punished from just scoring a goal and then conceding straight away so that’s the way we play. We are the first disappointed to not win the game so you can see what happened.

“It was difficult because it is something that you cannot control, the other game, so the only thing we could do was to try to give confidence and to help our team-mates to win our game.

“We knew that a draw or a win we would qualify. That’s the only thing we could control.”