All he could do was watch. Vicente Del Bosque stood on the Maracana touchline – grim-faced, hands in pockets and moustache somehow bowed – presumably wondering how it came to this.
Humiliated in the most embarrassing way possible, it is the end for Spain.
For six years they have been the most proactive, visionary side in the world but on the eastern coast of Brazil on Wednesday night they lacked cohesion, fight and a basic plan.
As the whistle was blown on their World Cup defence, the coach’s head dropped before he arched back inside having long since accepted that the lights are probably out on his managerial career.