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Punchy Norway profit as Iversen floors Spain

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 15.22CET
Spain 0-1 Norway
Steffen Iversen's 66th-minute header earned Norway the spoils after a disjointed encounter.
Punchy Norway profit as Iversen floors Spain
Steffen Iversen jumps for joy after scoring the only goal ©Getty Images

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Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 15.22CET

Punchy Norway profit as Iversen floors Spain

Spain 0-1 Norway
Steffen Iversen's 66th-minute header earned Norway the spoils after a disjointed encounter.

Spain had a calamitous afternoon in Rotterdam as they lost their opening UEFA EURO 2000 game to a tireless Norway side.

Steffen Iversen's 66th-minute header was enough to earn Nils Johan Semb's side the points in a disjointed encounter. The goal was simple in its execution, with the Tottenham Hotspur FC man nodding into an empty net from 12 metres after he latched onto Thomas Myhre's long clearance. Iversen's task was made easier by goalkeeper Francisco Molina, who came off his line but never reached the ball.

Spain dominated possession but were unable to carve out much in the way of clear-cut chances, especially during the first half. With Raúl González and Ismael Urzaiz subdued by André Bergdølmo and Henning Berg, much of Spain's threat came from Joseba Etxeberria on the right. The Athletic Club winger came close to scoring in the ninth minute when his shot from the edge of the penalty area went narrowly over.

Spain continued to carry the game to Norway. Fran capitalised on Vegard Heggem's wayward clearance on the left wing, but his inswinging cross was glanced away from the onrushing Urzaiz by Bergdølmo. Raúl then turned two defenders, but his volley from 20 metres was deflected wide. Norway's first purposeful attack came on 20 minutes and almost provided the opening goal as Bergdølmo's cross was headed goalwards by Ole Gunnar Solskjær, only for the ball to hit the crossbar before Spain cleared.

Belief grew for Semb's side, and Molina needed to be alert to a cross when Eirik Bakke lost his marker. Yet Spain remained the more potent threat, with Urzaiz going close with a header on the half-hour and Raúl working goalkeeper Thomas Myhre with a low shot that was heading towards the bottom corner. Then, midway through the second half, disaster struck for the favourites as Iversen roused the crowd from their torpor.

Spain's best chance to equalise came when substitutes Alfonso Pérez and Gaizka Mendieta combined in the 75th minute, but Myhre denied the latter when he parried his shot from five metres out behind for a corner. Other half-chances came from Míchel Salgado's 20-metre volley and a blocked indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after Myhre was penalised for not releasing the ball quickly enough. On the whole, though, Norway defended deeply and held on without any major scares for a worthy Group C win.

Last updated: 17/01/12 10.40CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Norway

Norway

22
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
1
MyhreThomas Myhre (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
Yellow Card69
2
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
Yellow Card32
3
AranzabalAgustín Aranzabal
3
BragstadBjørn Otto Bragstad
4
GuardiolaJosep Guardiola
4
BergHenning Berg (C)
Substitution59
6
HierroFernando Hierro (C)
7
MyklandErik Mykland
8
FranFran
Substitution72
9
T. A. FloTore André Flo
Substitution71
10
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
11
SkammelsrudBent Skammelsrud
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria
Yellow Card17
Substitution72
14
HeggemVegard Heggem
18
PacoPaco
18
IversenSteffen Iversen
Goal65
Substitution89
20
UrzaizIsmael Urzaiz
19
BakkeEirik Bakke
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
Substitution80
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær

Substitutes

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
12
OlsenFrode Olsen (GK)
7
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
Substitution80
13
BakkeMorten Bakke (GK)
11
Alfonso PérezAlfonso Pérez
Substitution72
5
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
16
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
Substitution72
6
StrandRoar Strand
5
AbelardoAbelardo
8
SolbakkenStåle Solbakken
9
MunitisPedro Munitis
10
RekdalKjetil Rekdal
12
Sergi BarjuánSergi Barjuán
15
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
13
CasillasIker Casillas
16
EggenDan Eggen
Substitution59
14
GerardGerard
17
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution71
15
EngongaVicente Engonga
21
RisethVidar Riseth
Substitution89
19
VelascoJuan Velasco
22
BjørnebyeStig Inge Bjørnebye

Coach

José Antonio Camacho (ESP) Nils Johan Semb (NOR)

Referee

Gamal El Ghandour (EGY)

Assistant referees

Kurt Ertl (GER), Igor Sramka (SVK)

Fourth official

Dick Z.G. Jol (NED)

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