Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was fired Wednesday, two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal and a day after accepting the job to coach Real Madrid next season.

Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales did not name a replacement.

Rubiales said firing Lopetegui wasn’t the best solution for the national team but it was needed after being caught by surprise by Real Madrid’s announcement.

“The federation cannot be left out of a negotiation by one of its workers and be informed five minutes before the press release,” Rubiales said.

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