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11 days to Euro 2012: Spain's great escape in Bruges

The Iberians needed two goals in injury time to rescue a 4-3 win against Yugoslavia and qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2000.

The Spanish players celebrate progression from the group stages.
The Spanish players celebrate progression from the group stages.
Image: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

SPAIN WENT INTO the final Group C game of Euro 2000 in need of a win having lost 1-0 to Norway before narrowly seeing off Slovenia.

Their opponents Yugoslavia came into the match with four points on the board and therefore would book a place in the quarter-finals with a draw.

Things were looking good for the former nation when ex-Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic headed beyond Santiago Canizares with a half hour played.

Real Betis forward Alfonso levelled the scoring eight minutes later and further goals from Dejan Govedarica, Pedro Munitis and Slobodan Komljenovic made it 3-2 to the Yugoslavs with 15 minutes remaining.

Staring early elimination in the face, Jose Antonio Camacho’s side were given a slim lifeline when Gaizka Mendieta scored from the penalty spot four minutes into added time.

Then, with the last kick of what was an incredible game, Alfonso grabbed his second in the 96th minute of play to hand them top spot in the group.

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