Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Spanish consul 'enjoyed' our 3-2 victory

The Spanish consul general for Northern Ireland has congratulated David Healy and his team-mates on their shock victory over his native country - and revealed he even enjoyed the match.

The Spanish consul general for Northern Ireland has congratulated David Healy and his team-mates on their shock victory over his native country - and revealed he even enjoyed the match.

Felix Valdes, Spain's representative for Northern Ireland, Wales and northern England, travelled over to Belfast from his base in Manchester on Wednesday to watch his home team play at Windsor Park.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph as he flew out of Belfast yesterday, Mr Valdes said he was disappointed by Spain's dramatic 3-2 defeat in the Euro 2008 qualifier.

"I was a little unhappy because Spain lost the match in the end," he said.

"We were very confident that we would win and maybe that is what was the team's downfall.

"Northern Ireland played like they wanted to show the world they were up to the challenge. Congratulations to them. They did very well."

He described the atmosphere among the fans at Windsor Park as "wonderful".

"I had a really great time. I enjoyed the match immensely, apart from the final scoreline of course. I received a very warm welcome from everyone I met," he added.

"This was my first trip to Belfast and I found it a very nice city. I am now hoping to come back someday to see it properly when there is a little less pressure on my time."

Mr Valdes was among the 14,000 supporters who packed into Windsor Park to watch David Healy fire home three stunning goals to complete his first international hat-trick and steal victory from the star-studded Spanish side.

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