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Raul, whose goal set Spain on their way to their first World Cup opening win since 1950, admitted that the victory has eased the tension in the Spanish camp.

“We are happy and relieved,” said the Real Madrid forward. “The first match always has the most nerves and tension and we’ve won it so we’re happy and relieved.

“The humidity made us suffer a bit but the victory was the essential thing.

“There are no easy opponents but now we’re eager for more and this victory will give us confidence.”

Coach Hector Camacho said ending Spain’s lamentavble winless record in opening World Cup matches was a huge weight off his shoulders.

“It was too long. Spanish football is better than this,” he said.

“Winning the first game is very important as this is the showcase event of them all.

“Slovenia started better than we did but then we took over. I thought we played well. If we keep on like this we’ll be fine,” said Camacho.

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