Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho was left fuming after Ireland were awarded a last minute penalty to draw level with Spain in a match eventually decided by a penalty shoot-out.
With the score standing at 1-0 referee Anders Frisk pointed to the spot after Fernando Hierro and Niall Quinn clashed in the penalty area.
“The second penalty should never have been given in a World Cup match,” Camacho moaned. “It was never a penalty, but I know that referees have to make the instant decisions.
However, television replays confirmed that Hierro was pulling Quinn’s shirt, leaving the referee with little option but to award a penalty.
“I hope that I do not see a repeat of those kind of decisions against other teams in this competition. Frisk blew up for everything against us, while the Irish could do whatever they wanted.”
“Now we look to the next game where we could face one of two very dangerous teams,” Camacho added. “Italy isa direct rival to us because they are very experienced in the World Cup, while Korea plays with a great deal of confidence and desire and will have the support of the crowd behind them.”