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Spain pull off a miracle in seven-goal classic

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.06CET
Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain
Needing to win, Spain were heading out as they entered added time 3-2 down; then came an incredible comeback.
Spain pull off a miracle in seven-goal classic
Spain celebrate Alfonso Pérez's dramatic winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

YugoslaviaSpain

Goals scored3
 
4
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.06CET

Spain pull off a miracle in seven-goal classic

Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain
Needing to win, Spain were heading out as they entered added time 3-2 down; then came an incredible comeback.

Spain came back from the dead to book their place in the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals as a memorable Group C encounter reached an incredible conclusion; Yugoslavia's consolation is that they, too, advance.

Needing to win, Spain were heading out as they entered added time 3-2 down despite being up against a side reduced to ten men following Slaviša Jokanović's 63rd-minute dismissal. They were thrown a lifeline when Abelardo went down in a packed box and Gaizka Mendieta fired in the resulting spot kick. Next came utter pandemonium as Alfonso Pérez latched on to a knockdown to hammer in his second of the game.

The Spanish contingent at the Jan Breydelstadion celebrated wildly, and when news came over the loudspeaker of Norway's goalless draw with Slovenia 200km away, in Arnhem, Yugoslavia joined them. The result left them level on points with Norway, with Vujadin Boškov's side advancing to a meeting with the Netherlands courtesy of a superior head-to-head record.

Yugoslavian joy was mixed with relief: they led three times against Spain before their late meltdown. Indeed, it was them that made much of the early running with Siniša Mihajlović apparently eager to make up for lost time on his return from suspension as he twice went close from distance. In-form Savo Milošević also headed just wide as Spain struggled to get a foothold.

José Antonio Camacho's men did come into it, with Mendieta twice foiled by goalkeeper Ivica Kralj, but on the half-hour mark they fell behind. Vladimir Jugović released Ljubinko Drulović, and the winger's cross was triumphantly headed in by Milošević – his fourth goal of the tournament. Spain were stung into action and within eight minutes they were level.

Raúl González carried the ball into the penalty area, and Alfonso took control at the heart of a hesitant Yugoslavia rearguard to fire in. Raúl then forced a superb save from Kralj and failed to get a boot on Mendieta's cross, before substitute Joseba Exteberria volleyed past the post as Spain ended a breathtaking first half firmly on the front foot.

The pace did not relent after the restart and on 50 minutes Yugoslavia regained the lead when half-time substitute Dejan Govedarica latched on to Drulović's pass to fire a sweet drive past Santiago Cañizares from the edge of the box. Spain replied immediately with another replacement, Pedro Munitis, curling a wonderful 18-metre shot past Krajl.

An incredible game took another turn when Jokanović received his marching orders after a second yellow card but, remarkably, Yugoslavia responded by going ahead for a third time with 15 minutes left. Slobodan Komljenović's opportunist strike looked to be decisive – Spain, though, had other ideas.

Last updated: 19/01/12 16.52CET

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Lineups

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

Spain

Spain

22
KraljIvica Kralj (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
3
DjorovićGoran Djorović
Substitution12
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
Substitution46
4
JokanovićSlaviša Jokanović
Red/Yellow Card63
4
GuardiolaJosep Guardiola
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
5
AbelardoAbelardo (C)
7
JugovićVladimir Jugović
Substitution46
7
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
8
MijatovićPredrag Mijatović
8
FranFran
Substitution22
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević
Goal30
10
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
10
StojkovićDragan Stojković (C)
Yellow Card56
Substitution68
11
Alfonso PérezAlfonso Pérez
Goal38
Goal90
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
12
Sergi BarjuánSergi Barjuán
Yellow Card62
13
KomljenovićSlobodan Komljenović
Yellow Card27
Goal75
16
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
Goal90
17
DrulovićLjubinko Drulović
18
PacoPaco
Substitution64

Substitutes

1
KoraćMilorad Korać (GK)
13
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
12
CicovićŽeljko Cicović (GK)
22
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
2
I DudićIvan Dudić
9
MunitisPedro Munitis
Substitution46
Goal51
6
StankovićDejan Stanković
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria
Substitution22
14
SaveljićNiša Saveljić
Substitution68
Yellow Card87
20
UrzaizIsmael Urzaiz
Substitution64
15
BunjevčevićGoran Bunjevčević
3
AranzabalAgustín Aranzabal
16
GovedaricaDejan Govedarica
Substitution46
Goal50
6
HierroFernando Hierro
18
KovačevićSaša Kovačević
14
GerardGerard
19
StankovićJovan Stanković
Substitution12
Yellow Card45
15
EngongaVicente Engonga
21
NadjAlbert Nadj
19
VelascoJuan Velasco
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón

Coach

Vujadin Boškov (SRB) José Antonio Camacho (ESP)

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jacques Poudevigne (FRA), Turgay Gudu (TUR)

Fourth official

Michel Piraux (BEL)

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