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Wednesday, 21 June, 2000, 23:23 GMT 00:23 UK
Pundits purr over Spanish fightback
Spain and Yugoslavia produced a stunning show in Bruges to leave football pundits across the continent open mouthed in admiration.
Not least BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green. He described it as: "arguably the greatest game the Europoean Championships have ever seen".
But the drama had not even started.
A Gaizka Mendieta penalty seemed too little too late, but the Spanish armada sailed forward again deep into stoppage time and Alfonso slotted home a dramatic winner to stun Yugoslavia.
Vujadin Boskov's side had themselves pulled off a remarkable comeback in their opening game against Slovenia, fighting back from 3-0 down to snatch a point having already had a player sent off.
Veteran BBC commentator John Motson was among them.
Motson almost dropped his microphone in the excitement but managed to gasp: "Events here have conspired to produce something you could not have dreamed up.
"It is one of the great comebacks of all time in international football and nobody in the stadium can believe it."
Motson added breathlessly: "You only see this once in a while, but when you do it's so, so special."
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, part of the BBC summary team, was also rubbing his eyes in disbelief.
"They say in the FA Cup that one team has it's name on the cup. I think this trophy has something written in Spanish on it," McCarthy said.
"Spain did a Manchester United, unbelievably scoring twice in extra time," he mused.
Ironic then that United's last-gasp hero that night was on the receiving end this time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Norwegian team-mates watched the drama unfold on a big screen in Arnhem, believing the point they had just secured against Slovenia would be enough to carry them to the quarter finals.
Like Green and the rest of the BBC team, the Norwegians could not believe what they were seeing either.
But try telling them this was the greatest game of all time.
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