Robert Moreno dedicated Spain’s 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands to his predecessor Luis Enrique.
Enrique stepped down from the role as head coach before his daughter’s death at the end of August.
The players of both sides observed a minute’s silence before Sunday’s game as a mark of respect to Luis Enrique, who was born in Gijon where the match was played.
Moreno told a news conference: “It upsets me to talk about it, but this team is his [Luis Enrique’s] more than anyone’s.
“It is a tiny thing, but we wanted to dedicate it, especially here in El Molinon.”