Spain beats Norway 2-1 at Valencia

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

An own goal five minute from time from Norway defender Henning Berg gave Spain a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Euro 2004 playoff match in Valencia.

Spain beats Norway 2-1 at Valencia

Valencia:

An own goal five minute from time from Norway defender Henning Berg gave Spain a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Euro 2004 playoff match in Valencia on Saturday. Norway took the lead after 14 minutes through Steffen Iversen and Raul made it 1-1 midway through the first half. Spain dominated large periods of the game and but for Berg's unfortunate intervention, it would have created a harder task for the home side come Wednesday's second leg in Oslo. Another member of the so-called elite nations in European football had to suffer the ignominy of going through the playoffs for Euro 2004 on Saturday, and at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, Spain were in for a bit of an early shock in their first leg against Norway. A 14th minute free kick from John Arne Riise was nodded on by Roar Strand and Steffen Iversen, now of English Premiership outfit Wolves, was on hand to stab Norway in front inside a quarter of an hour. Spain were spurred into a response just seven minutes later. Jose Antonio Reyes' free kick was glanced into the Norway net by Real Madrid striker Raul and a relieved home side were level. It stayed that way into the break, and in the second half Spain laid siege to the Norwegian goal. But it was not until five minutes from time that Spain found themselves in front. Norway defender Henning Berg was awarded the last touch in a goalmouth scramble and Spanish coach Inaki Saez was spared further embarrassment. After that it was all hands on deck for the visitors, and Spain really should have had a couple more before the end of the game. However, it stayed at 2-1 at the end and Norway is far from out of contention when the second leg takes place in Oslo next Wednesday. (AP)



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