The Spanish national team will not be among the top eight seeded teams for the 2018 World Cup draw which is set to take place in Moscow on December 1st.
With the conclusion of the qualifying stage in Europe, Asia and America the series of results mean that the top seeds will be: host nation Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Pôland, Argentina and France.
Stars fail to align
Results conspired to go against Lopetegui's interests last night with Portugal beating Switzerland and France beating Belarus.
Spain are set to be the eight team when the next FIFA ranking listing is published on Monday but with the host nation always being seeded (Russia are currently ranked at No. 64th), "La Roja" will be in the second tier when te draw is made.