English Championship

Lopetegui off to promising start with Spain's national team

MADRID (AP) Julen Lopetegui is proving to be a worthy replacement for Vicente del Bosque.

The Spain coach, unbeaten since taking over Del Bosque's job in July, has quickly put the national team back on track as a top European contender.

Spain has won six of its eight games under Lopetegui, the latest a convincing 2-0 victory over France on Tuesday in Saint-Denis in a friendly.