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Raul reacted brilliantly when Salgado's shot cannoned off a defender, he waited for the ball to bounce and then lashed it past Dabanovic. Just a classy, classy finish, he didn't even look at the goal. Valeron created an opening for Alfonso but he took several touches too many and was closed down, something he did all match, he also kept looking for penalties, what's new?
some excellent one touch passing on the right wing opened up Spain, Novak sent a cross into the box, Udovic missed the ball and Rudonja's shot was
charged down. Alfonso capitalised on a defensive mistake and played in Raul with some excellent ball juggling but he dragged his shot wide.

Zahovic was credited with the equaliser but it looked like Rudonja's cross came off both Zahovic and Osterc. Slovenia's lead only lasted a minute,
Mendieta brilliantly controlled Alfonso's flick off, beat the entire Slovenia defence, poked the ball through Milanic's legs, cut infield, slipped in Etxeberria on the right side and Dabanovic made a complete mess
of what should have been a routine save. Fantastic assist, I doubt we'll see a better one all tournament. Galic made a complete mess of a 100% chance when 'the Beckham of the left', Karic, gave him a perfect cross from a free
kick. Abelardo also missed a great chance from Mendieta's perfect corner.
Zahovic forced a brilliant save from Canizares as Karic once again caused havoc from a corner.

Man of the Match : Mendieta - Direct, gifted, inspirational
 
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