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Amor sends Spain through with late header

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.40CET
Romania 1-2 Spain
Headed for an early exit, Spain snuck into the quarter-finals at Bulgaria's expense thanks to Guillermo Amor's 84th-minute effort.
Amor sends Spain through with late header
Guillermo Amor celebrates his dramatic winner ©Getty Images

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RomaniaSpain

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.40CET

Amor sends Spain through with late header

Romania 1-2 Spain
Headed for an early exit, Spain snuck into the quarter-finals at Bulgaria's expense thanks to Guillermo Amor's 84th-minute effort.

With Spain seemingly destined to finish third in Group B and miss out on the quarter-finals, substitute Guillermo Amor intervened with six minutes remaining to send Javier Clemente's team through at Bulgaria's expense.

Though Spain had extended their unbeaten run to 18 games by drawing their opening two fixtures, they remained outsiders to progress going into the final round of games. In need of a victory regardless of the outcome between France and Bulgaria, their task appeared all the brighter after Javier Manjarín's 11th-minute opener at Elland Road. Florin Răducioiu equalised just after the half-hour, though, and it was not until late on that Spain's progress was assured; Les Bleus' 3-1 victory in Newcastle ensured they finished at the section summit.

The return of Miguel Nadal to Spain's midfield added some welcome steel but it was another newcomer, Manjarín, who was first to play a decisive role when he finished precisely after the ball had fortuitously bounced his way off the back of Antonio Pizzi's foot.

Orchestrated by Gheorghe Hagi, not at his best on his 100th international appearance, Romania could not be discounted. They duly drew level on 29 minutes when their talismanic captain played in Răducioiu, who did the rest to register his country's first goal of the tournament.

Spain upped the tempo after the restart – events at St James' Park were going in their favour but they needed another goal regardless. It came as the Romanian resistance started to weaken, Amor stooping forward to head in after Alfonso Pérez had deftly touched back Sergi Barjuán's cross. Celebrations all round, especially for the goalscorer, who flew home the next day for the birth of his child.

Last updated: 20/01/12 13.48CET

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Lineups

Romania

Romania

Spain

Spain

12
PruneaFlorian Prunea (GK)
1
ZubizarretaAndoni Zubizarreta (GK) (C)
2
PetrescuDan Petrescu
2
LópezJuan Manuel López
3
ProdanDaniel Prodan
Substitution86
4
AlkortaRafael Alkorta
6
PopescuGabriel Popescu
5
AbelardoAbelardo
Substitution64
9
RăducioiuFlorin Răducioiu
Goal29
Substitution77
6
HierroFernando Hierro
10
HagiGheorghe Hagi (C)
Yellow Card21
7
AmaviscaJosé Emilio Amavisca
Substitution72
13
SelymesTibor Selymes
9
PizziJuan Antonio Pizzi
Substitution57
14
GâlcăConstantin Gâlcă
Yellow Card77
12
Sergi BarjuánSergi Barjuán
15
DoboşAnton Doboş
14
KikoKiko
Yellow Card36
18
StîngăOvidiu Stîngă
17
ManjarínJavier Manjarín
Goal11
19
IlieAdrian Ilie
Yellow Card47
Substitution66
20
NadalMiguel Nadal
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

5
LupescuIoan Lupescu
Substitution86
3
BelsuéAlberto Belsué
11
D MunteanuDorinel Munteanu
Substitution66
8
GuerreroJulen Guerrero
Substitution72
21
VlădoiuIon Vlădoiu
Substitution77
10
DonatoDonato
1
SteleaBogdan Stelea (GK)
11
Alfonso PérezAlfonso Pérez
Substitution57
4
BelodediciMiodrag Belodedici
13
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
7
LăcătuşMarius Lăcătuş
15
CamineroJosé Luis Caminero
8
SabăuIoan Sabău
16
OteroJorge Otero
16
MihaliGheorghe Mihali
18
AmorGuillermo Amor
Substitution64
Goal84
17
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
19
SalinasJulio Salinas
20
V MoldovanViorel Moldovan
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique
22
TeneFlorin Tene (GK)
22
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)

Coach

Anghel Iordanescu (ROU) Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP)

Referee

Ahmet Cakar (TUR)

Assistant referees

Akif Ugurdur (TUR), Turgay Gudu (TUR)

Fourth official

Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

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