Spain ready to leave coaching woes in the past

Spain head coach Fernando Hierro, top centre, touches his forehead as gives instructions to his players during Spain's official training on the eve of

Spain head coach Fernando Hierro, top centre, touches his forehead as gives instructions to his players during Spain's official training on the eve of

Spain players play the ball during Spain's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup i

Spain players play the ball during Spain's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup i

Spain's Dani Carvajal shoots the ball during Spain's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer W

Spain's Dani Carvajal shoots the ball during Spain's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer W

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Spain can't wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past.

And nothing better than a win against European champion Portugal in its World Cup opener to start moving forward after one of the most chaotic days in the national team's history.

Spain will have new coach Fernando Hierro on the bench Friday after Julen Lopetegui was fired Wednesday for accepting the Real Madrid coaching job without advising the soccer federation in advance.

Spain captain Sergio Ramos said Thursday "we need to turn the page as soon as possible. The World Cup starts tomorrow (for us) and we have a great game to play against the European champions. Hopefully we will start on the right foot."