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Sunday, 2 June, 2002, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK

Spain see off Slovenia

Spain 3-1 Slovenia

Spain made hard work of their opening group game against minnows Slovenia, but showed flashes of inspiration that could serve them well later in the competition.

Raul scored a trademark goal just before half-time and Juan Carlos Valeron doubled the Spaniards' advantage with an excellent finish midway through the second half.

Slovenia then staged a mini-comeback when Sebastjan Cimirotic pulled one back late on in the game to set up a nervy finish. But Fernando Hierro settled matters in the 88th minute - scoring from the penalty spot - to give Spain their first-ever opening game victory at the World Cup.


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