WCup champ Spain reels from worst defeat since ’63

Spain was reeling from its worst defeat for 47 years as the

World Cup champion was showered with criticism on Thursday for

closing a historic year with a 4-0 rout by Portugal.

Four months after eliminating Portugal on its way to its first

World Cup triumph, coach Vicente del Bosque said Spain ”couldn’t

have played any worse” on Wednesday as it endured its worst defeat

since a 6-2 loss to Scotland in 1963.

The Spanish press agreed.

Sports daily Marca labeled it ”A Terrible Slap to the Face,”

while El Pais wrote ”Spain’s prestige wasted.” La Razon was

brief: ”Champion Ridiculed.”

Spain tops its 2012 European Championship qualifying group after

three straight wins but is winless in three exhibitions, including

a 4-1 loss to Argentina.