Spain fires coach Lopetegui 2 days before World Cup opener

Spain fires coach Lopetegui 2 days before World Cup opener
FILE - In this June 9, 2018 file photo, Spain's national soccer team coach Julen Lopetegui shouts during a friendly soccer match between Spain and Tunisia in Krasnodar, Russia. Real Madrid said on Tuesday June 12, 2018 that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will be the team's manager after the upcoming soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/File)

KRASNODAR, Russia (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country's opening World Cup match against Portugal.

Lopetegui was let go a day after Real Madrid announced him as its new coach following the World Cup.

Federation president Luis Rubiales says it wasn't the best solution for the national team but the action was needed after it was caught by surprise by Real Madrid's announcement.

A replacement was not immediately announced.

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