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Wednesday, 21 June, 2000, 21:42 GMT 22:42 UK
Camacho calm after heroic display
Spain v Yugoslavia
Spain's players celebrate a dramatic win
Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho was all smiles after a stunning display by his side rescued their Euro 2000 campaign.

As injury-time approached, Spain needed two goals for the win they needed to go through once Norway had drawn with Slovenia.

Those goals duly came from Gaizka Mendieta and Alfonso, goals which sent the Spanish supporters wild.

But Camacho, who as a player was famous for simply refusing to be beaten, remained calm enough to put the match and performance in context.

The line between disaster and heroism is extremely fine

Jose Guardiola

"People may expect me to be euphoric after that but that's not the way I am," he said.

"To be honest I haven't taken it all in yet but in any case I've been in football a long time and I've seen similar things.

"I remember a lot of games, a lot of beautiful, historic games and this was one more of those. I've played a lot of games and I have a lot of memories.

"We played some great football, particularly in the first half, but goals count in this game and if the match had ended a minute earlier people would have been talking about a disaster.

"As it is, this is being called a heroic win but we had to have luck in order to win."


Man of the match Jose Guardiola echoed his coach's sentiments, saying: "The line between disaster and heroism is extremely fine.

"It's not a case of black and white, it's really just different shades of grey."

However, the Barcelona captain added: "That was one of the most important games of my career. We played an immense first half, creating a lot of chances, but it was much more difficult in the second."

Yugoslavia coach Vujadin Boskov meanwhile was just relieved his side had still managed to squeeze into the quarter-finals despite their defeat.

"After the game, a UEFA official told me Norway had drawn. It was only then that I realised we were through.

"I had feared that if Norway had scored a goal it would have been very bad for us."

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