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Spaniards Blame Hot Reporter for Loss

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16:  TV Presenter Sara Carbonero, girlfriend of Iker Casillas of Spain, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Spain and Switzerland at Durban Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Richard WalshContributor IJune 17, 2010

The first big upset of the World Cup occurred yesterday as global power Spain was defeated 1-0 by Switzerland. European football fans don’t take losing (or even tying) lightly; ask Robert Green. As the Brits found blame in Green, the Spaniards chose to focus their blame not on the goalkeeper, but his girlfriend. Spanish goalie Iker Casillas’ girlfriend is reporter Sara Carbonero. Carbonero was doing sideline reports throughout the match for Spanish TV behind Spain’s goal and many Spaniards believe this drew Casillas’ focus away from the game. I’m betting Carbonero will be behind the Honduras and the Chile goals in Spain’s upcoming matches. If not, the number two team in the world could make an early exit.

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