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Tuesday, 13 June, 2000, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Semb hails Spanish upset
Norwegian coach Nils Johan Semb has revealed he always thought his team would cause an upset by beating Spain.
The Scandinavians made the perfect start to their Euro 2000 campaign by winning the opening fixture in Group C thanks to a second-half goal from Steffen Iversen.
Semb said: "Everyone was expecting a Spanish victory but we believed that we could win all along."
Spurs striker Iversen sent a looping header bouncing into an empty net on 65 minutes after Spanish goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina made an error of judgement.
It was an example of the direct soccer which Norway used to embarrass Spain, whose passing game created nice patterns in the Feyenoord Stadium but little danger in a tepid game.
"Spain are one of the best teams in the world. We must rejoice at this victory."
Despite the defeat, Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho was confident his side could still make the quarter-finals.
"I'm not worried about it at all because we were creating chances, we were trying to shoot at goal," he said.
"I've told the players that with this attitude I think we can win our two remaining games."
Praising Norway's style of play, he said the ball just would not go into the back of the net for Spain.
"They were very disciplined," said Camacho. "They worked hard, they shut us down and they made it very difficult for us to pick up the decisive passes.
"I don't think it was a question of not having any attacking players.
"We had a lot of goal scorers in our line-up and it's just one of those things. When the ball doesn't want to go in, there's nothing you can do about it.
Camacho was unhappy with Egyptian referee Gamal El Ghandour, the first African to take control of a European Championship game.
"I thought the referee had a bad game," said Camacho. "He didn't meet the criteria that we have seen in other matches and I'm not sure he has the class to referee at this level."
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