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Rochina rescues point for Spain

Norway 1-1 Spain
The four-time winners needed an equaliser from substitute Rubén Rochina to salvage a draw on the first day of Group 4.

Rochina rescues point for Spain
Rochina rescues point for Spain ©UEFA.com

Four-time winners Spain needed an equaliser from substitute Rubén Rochina to rescue a draw against Norway on the first day of action in UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round Group 4.

Both teams had chances in an entertaining first half with Liverpool FC forward Daniel Pacheco a lively presence for Spain and Thomas Lehne Olsen regularly threatening for Norway. It was the latter who struck first, finishing off a fine dribble with a precise shot a minute before half-time.

Pacheco helped Spain get back into the match, striking a post seconds before Rochina – who had only come only three minutes earlier – levelled in the 62nd minute. Norway can stay in the hunt with a win against Azerbaijan on Friday, when Spain cannot afford to lose to mini-tournament hosts Turkey.