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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK

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New boy Morientes buries Swedes

Spain 4 Sweden 0 (March 25)

Spain's Fernando Morientes made a dream debut with two goals in the first five minutes of his side's convincing 4-0 victory over Sweden.

Morientes knocked in his first goal in the opening minute then hammered in a back-heel from his Real Madrid team-mate Raul Gonzalez shortly afterwards.

Raul and Joseba Etxeberria added the other two goals in a fine all-round performance by the Spaniards.

"I have to congratulate Morientes on his debut," said Raul. "The second was a very good goal. We know each other and it worked out well."


[ image: Spain's keeper  Andoni Zubizarreta was not pressured much]
Spain's keeper Andoni Zubizarreta was not pressured much
The Swedes hardly troubled the Spanish defence in the entire game. The visitors' best chance came when Harvik Larsson forced a fine save from Andoni Zubizarreta midway through the first half.

But the Spaniards replied quickly and went 3-0 up on the half-hour when Raul pounced on a loose ball after a shot from Fernando Sanchez was blocked.

Both Morientes and Raul were taken off at half-time, along with team-mate Fernando Hierro.

But despite the substitution Morientes was delighted with his performance. "I'm very happy, very satisfied," he said. "I'll have to keep a video of the game, it's not every day you make your debut like that."





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