Spain's woes in goal have gotten worse

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts after a goal by the Netherlands during their World Cup match...

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts after a goal by the Netherlands during their World Cup match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

RIO DE JANEIRO - If Spain had troubles after its 5-1 loss to Holland in its opening game of the World Cup, the problems just manifested themselves tenfold.

While none of the Spanish players played particularly well, goaltender and captain Iker Casillas carried the brunt of the criticism for what was one of the worse games of his career.

The long-time, popular goaltender became the focus of discussions on whether he would be replaced as the starter.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is loyal to his players, especially Casillas. Many observers believe that David De Gea, the starter at Manchester United, should have been the No. 1 from the outset of the tournament.

After giving up five goals, at least three of which were atrocious, it appeared Casillas was done on the international stage, especially with Spain facing a tough Chile side Wednesday.

But now De Gea is not an option. He strained a leg muscle and could be out for at least 10 days. Some suggest even if Spain advances, he could be done for the tournament.

Pepe Reina of Liverpool is del Bosque's other option. Like Casillas, he isn’t the starter for his club side.

Chair or firing squad, Senor Bosque?


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