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"Spain were united in victory on Wednesday, when José Camacho's team scored twice in injury time to defeat Yugoslavia and book their place in the last eight at Euro 2000.

Arguably the most thrilling comeback in the history of these championships, it also provided one of Spanish football's most stirring scenes: witness the moment when striker Raúl González, talisman of Real Madrid, embraced Josep Guardiola, captain of Barcelona, shortly after the final whistle.

If Spain's tendency to leave things until the last minute was never more apparent than here at Bruges' Stade Jan-Breydel, so too was the side's dependency on the capital - and Real Madrid. Camacho used 19 players in three Group C games, but only Raúl was ever present. It was the 22-year-old's dancing feet that created Spain's opening goal for Alfonso Pérez, himself a former boy wonder at the Bernabéu.

There was also a first start for Iván Helguera, the midfielder who had hitherto been restricted to a role as substitute. Helguera impressed alongside Guardiola, and was unlucky to concede the free-kick whereby Yugoslavia scored their third goal. No longer 'one for the future', this Helguera.

Michel Salgado has also caught the imagination, making the most of his licence to roam down Spain's right flank. It was Salgado's misfortune, however, to make way for Pedro Munitis at half-time. Munitis, the free-scoring Racing Santander forward, embellished his reputation with the Spaniards' second equaliser on 53 minutes.

One notable absentee was Fernando Hierro. The midfielder-turned-central defender missed all the excitement because of a muscle strain; and it showed. Zaragoza striker Savo Milosevic headed Yugoslavia into a 1-0 lead from an unmarked position, and it was Spain's failure to prevent the counter-punch that had them on the ropes.

But going into stoppage time 3-2 behind, and seemingly on their way out of the tournament, Camacho's side conjured up a miraculous recovery. Never mind Steve McQueen: first Gaizka Mendieta tucked away a penalty following a foul on Abelardo Fernández, then Alfonso hooked home the winner on 94 minutes.

Spain's reward is a quarter-final against France, again in Bruges. Camacho's team have put the fiesta back into football - and with no little help from our friends in Madrid."

It's not mine of course, I copied it from http://www.realmadrid.es because I thought it was a really nice piece. Hope you agree!
 
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