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Sunday, 18 June, 2000, 20:53 GMT 21:53 UK
Raul kick starts Spain
Raul Gonzalez
Raul scores for Spain to open his Euro 2000 account
Raul hopes to fire Spain all the way to Euro 2000 glory after opening his goal account against Slovenia.

The Real Madrid striker was voted man-of-the-match for his performance in the 2-1 win in Amsterdam.

He opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Jose Etxeberria crashed home the winner on the hour, less than a minute after Zlatko Zahovic had equalised for the Slovenians.

Raul said: "I'm delighted to score my first goal of Euro 2000 but I hope it won't be the only goal I score. It was a very good goal and I'm happy because we won.

"It's hard for the players to play well after a long season but from the moment I joined the Spanish squad it has been my mission to go ahead and win these championships."


Jose Antonio Camacho
Camacho: "The only thing is to score and win."

Spanish boss Jose Antonio Camacho, under pressure after the defeat against Norway, admitted his team had not played well but didn't care because they won.

Camacho said: "We played better in our last game and lost. It doesn't matter how you play, the only thing is to score and win.

"The aim in this European Championship is to win. We won and it was very hard. It was very hot out there and Slovenia played well.

"People don't know much about football if they expect us to beat Slovenia more convincingly."

The Spanish boss made four changes to the team who had lost to 1-0 Norway five days earlier, including goalkeeper Franciso Molina - at fault for Steffen Iversen's winner in Rotterdam. He was replaced by Santiago Canizares.

Camacho said: "We made changes but that doesn't reflect on one man. It is the whole team who defend the honour of the Spanish team."



I congratulate Spain but they didn't impress me.

Srecko Katanec

Slovenian coach Srecko Katanec was proud of his players despite the defeat, which leaves them needing to beat Norway in their final Group C game to have any prospect of reaching the quarter-finals.

Katanec said: "I congratulate Spain for their two goals but there was no element of the game where Spain were better than us. Spain didn't impress me.

"We conceded both goals at delicate times, at the beginning of the game and immediately after we scored. It was a big shock to our team but I'm pleased with them because they didn't lose their heads."

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