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Spain run wild in Oslo

Published: Thursday 20 November 2003
Norway 0-3 Spain (agg: 1-5) A clinical performance from the Spanish sees them book their place in Portugal.

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Published: Thursday 20 November 2003

Spain run wild in Oslo

Norway 0-3 Spain (agg: 1-5) A clinical performance from the Spanish sees them book their place in Portugal.

By Kevin Ashby at the Ullevål

UEFA EURO 2004™ will not be denied the presence of one of the continent's great football nations after Spain produced a tremendously professional performance to defeat Norway 3-0 at the Ullevål stadium and seal their passage to Portugal with a 5-1 aggregate victory.

Clinical execution
Unlike Saturday's first leg in Valencia, Iñaki Sáez's side were clinical in their execution on a freezing night in Oslo. The Norwegians rarely threatened and were always on the back-foot after Raúl González scored the only goal of the first half. Strikes in quick succession from Vicente Rodríguez and Joseba Etxeberría after the break allowed Spain to coast to the finals in front of 25,106 spectators.

Four changes
As expected, César Martín deputised for the suspended Carlos Marchena in Spain's central defence and Vicente was preferred to José Reyes. In attack, youthful exuberance made way for guile as Juan Carlos Valerón replaced Fernando Torres, while Xabi Alonso's selection over Rubén Baraja was a surprise.

Johnsen return
The return from injury of Ronny Johnsen allowed him to stand in for Henning Berg in the centre of Norway's defence, with Claus Lundekvam assuming the captaincy from the suspended veteran. Ståle Stensaas, only called up on Monday following an injury to Roar Strand, came in at left-back, allowing John Arne Riise to play a more attacking role wide on the left.

Exciting duel
It promised to be an exciting duel down that flank, with Spain's Michel Salgado also no shrinking violet when it comes to breaking free of his defensive shackles. Riise won the early exchanges, powerfully shouldering the Real Madrid CF right-back off the ball in the fourth minute before a promising attack floundered due to lack of numbers. Riise then showed speed and skill to wrong-foot Iván Helguera and unleash a fierce shot from 35 metres which flew over Iker Casillas's goal.

Lack of composure
Not to be outdone, Salgado charged forward and nutmegged Trond Andersen before unselfishly cutting the ball back from the byline to Vicente, who lacked composure from five metres. It was a sign of things to come from Spain as they began to dictate. Sáez's team won three corners in quick succession around the 20-minute mark and threatened from each, notably when Stensaas cleared the ball off the line from a flicked header and first-leg hero Espen Johnsen tipped a Helguera header wide before receiving treatment on his left knee.

Raúl strikes
In the 34th minute, though, Spain were celebrating going a goal ahead as Valerón nonchalantly touched a pass from César into the path of Raúl who curled the ball at pace beyond Johnsen. The Madrid striker almost doubled his tally before half-time after Carles Puyol's persistence and Vicente's trickery resulted in Raúl drilling an instinctive volley narrowly wide.

Go with the Flos
Norway coach Nils Johan Semb decided to go with the Flos after the interval, introducing the sizeable Håvard to support his cousin, Tore André. Yet it was the unchanged visitors who booked their place in Portugal with an electric start to the second half which saw them increase their aggregate lead to 5-1 within 12 minutes, albeit with a little help from the Norwegians.

'Viva España'
First, under pressure from Vicente in the 49th minute, Christer Basma weakly touched a pass to the Valencia CF winger who gleefully slotted it beyond Johnsen with his weaker right foot. In the 57th minute more panic in the home defence resulted in the previously unflappable Johnsen clearing a backpass on to the head of Etxeberría, who was able to watch it sail back over the keeper and into the net.

Last updated: 21/11/03 16.55CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Spain

Spain

1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
Substitution62
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
2
StensaasStåle Stensaas
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
3
JohnsenRonny Johnsen
3
César MartínCésar Martín
4
LundekvamClaus Lundekvam
4
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Yellow Card36
Substitution87
5
BasmaChrister Basma
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
6
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
Substitution46
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
7
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
Goal34
8
AndresenMartin Andresen
Substitution74
8
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
9
T. A. FloTore André Flo
9
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
Substitution74
10
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
10
VicenteVicente
Goal50
11
IversenSteffen Iversen
Yellow Card39
11
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria
Goal56
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
OlsenFrode Olsen (GK)
Substitution62
13
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
15
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution74
14
GutiGuti
Substitution74
18
Haavard FloHaavard Flo
Substitution46
17
BarajaRubén Baraja
Substitution87
13
HangelandBrede Hangeland
18
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution78
14
RisethVidar Riseth
12
TorresFernando Torres
16
BrattbakkHarald Brattbakk
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
17
Runar BergRunar Berg
16
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes

Coach

Nils Johan Semb (NOR) José Ignacio Sáez (ESP)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Narciso Pisacreta (ITA)

Fourth official

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

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