• Iker Casillas' partner accused of distracting goalkeeper
• Journalist had filmed behind goal prior to kick-off
Some have pointed to their lack of cutting edge. Some have pointed to their opponents' rugged determination. But many in Spain have blamed their defeat to Switzerland in their opening World Cup game on Sara Carbonero, the partner of the Spain captain Iker Casillas.
Casillas was at least partly at fault for Gelson Fernandes's goal that gave Switzerland their 1-0 win and fingers have already been pointed at Carbonero, a journalist at a Spanish TV station, who prior to the game was filming footage to camera behind Casillas's goal.
Many fans have been angered by her presence in South Africa, fearing it could prove a distraction for the goalkeeper and prove a destabilising influence within the squad. Carbonero was asked by her own TV station, Telecinco, about her influence. "Can I destabilise the team?" she said. "I think it is nonsense."
Carbonero then gave Casillas a difficult time in a post-match interview, opening her questions with: "How did you manage to muck that up?" "I don't know what to say," Casillas responded. "I don't know if this defeat will have consequences. The dressing room is fed up."