Yugoslavia v Spain, 21 June 2000

Score4-3 to Spain
RefereeGilles Veissiere
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group C
VenueJan Breydel Stadium, Bruges
Attendance22,000
Kick-off: 6.00pm local Assistant referees: Jacques Poudevigne (France) Turgay Güdü (Turkey) Fourth official: Michel Piraux (Belgium) Man of the Match: Pep Guardiola (Spain) Spain came back from the dead to book their place in the UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals as a memorable Group C encounter reached an incredible conclusion; Yugoslavia's consolation is that they, too, advance. Needing to win, Spain were heading out as they entered added time 3-2 down despite being up against a side reduced to ten men following Slaviša Jokanović's 63rd-minute dismissal. They were thrown a lifeline when Abelardo went down in a packed box and Gaizka Mendieta fired in the resulting spot kick. Next came utter pandemonium as Alfonso Pérez latched on to a knockdown to hammer in his second of the game. The Spanish contingent at the Jan Breydelstadion celebrated wildly, and when news came over the loudspeaker of Norway's goalless draw with Slovenia 200km away, in Arnhem, Yugoslavia joined them. The result left them level on points with Norway, with Vujadin Boškov's side advancing to a meeting with the Netherlands courtesy of a superior head-to-head record. Yugoslavian joy was mixed with relief: they led three times against Spain before their late meltdown. Indeed, it was them that made much of the early running with Siniša Mihajlović apparently eager to make up for lost time on his return from suspension as he twice went close from distance. In-form Savo Milošević also headed just wide as Spain struggled to get a foothold. José Antonio Camacho's men did come into it, with Mendieta twice foiled by goalkeeper Ivica Kralj, but on the half-hour mark they fell behind. Vladimir Jugović released Ljubinko Drulović, and the winger's cross was triumphantly headed in by Milošević – his fourth goal of the tournament. Spain were stung into action and within eight minutes they were level. Raúl González carried the ball into the penalty area, and Alfonso took control at the heart of a hesitant Yugoslavia rearguard to fire in. Raúl then forced a superb save from Kralj and failed to get a boot on Mendieta's cross, before substitute Joseba Exteberria volleyed past the post as Spain ended a breathtaking first half firmly on the front foot. The pace did not relent after the restart and on 50 minutes Yugoslavia regained the lead when half-time substitute Dejan Govedarica latched on to Drulović's pass to fire a sweet drive past Santiago Cañizares from the edge of the box. Spain replied immediately with another replacement, Pedro Munitis, curling a wonderful 18-metre shot past Krajl. An incredible game took another turn when Jokanović received his marching orders after a second yellow card but, remarkably, Yugoslavia responded by going ahead for a third time with 15 minutes left. Slobodan Komljenović's opportunist strike looked to be decisive – Spain, though, had other ideas.

3  Yugoslavia

Manager: Vujadin Boskov

4  Spain

Manager: Jose Antonio Camacho

Goals:

Savo Milošević 31 G
Dejan Govedarica 51 G
Slobodan Komljenovic 75 G

Goals:

Alfonso 39 G
Munitis 53 G
Alfonso 90 G
Mendieta penalty 90 P

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ivica Kralj
Defender Goran Djorović
Defender Miroslav Dukić
Midfielder Slaviša Jokanović
Midfielder Vladimir Jugović
Midfielder Dragan Stojković (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Cañizares
Defender Abelardo (captain)
Defender Paco
Defender Sergi
Midfielder Fran
Midfielder Guardiola
Midfielder Helguera
Midfielder Mendieta
Forward Alfonso
Forward Raúl

Substitutions:

Jovan Stanković for Goran Djorović 13
Dejan Govedarica for Vladimir Jugović 46
Nisa Saveljic for Dragan Stojković 69

Substitutions:

Etxeberria for Fran 22
Munitis for Míchel Salgado 46
Urzáiz for Mendieta 64

Cards:

Slobodan Komljenovic 27 Y
Slaviša Jokanović 37 Y
Jovan Stanković 45 Y
Dragan Stojković 56 Y
Slaviša Jokanović 63 Y
Slaviša Jokanović 63 R
Nisa Saveljic 87 Y

Cards:

Sergi 62 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Zeljko Cicovic
Goalkeeper Milorad Korac
Defender Ivan Dudic
Defender Nisa Saveljic
Defender/Midfielder Goran Bunjevcevic
Midfielder Dejan Govedarica
Midfielder Albert Nadj
Midfielder Dejan Stanković
Midfielder Jovan Stanković
Forward Mateja Kezman

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper Jose Molina
Defender Aranzábal
Defender Hierro
Defender Velasco
Midfielder Engonga
Midfielder Gerard
Midfielder Valerón
Forward Etxeberria
Forward Munitis
Forward Urzáiz