Sergio Ramos scores Panenka penalty to secure Spain win over Norway

Ruben Hill
March 24, 2019

Sergio Ramos hailed the impact of new Spain coach Luis Enrique after a winning start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The Bournemouth forward said on NFF TV: 'We had a bit of luck in the first half when Spain created many chances, but we managed to keep it to 1-0 at the break. "Still, we reacted well to their equaliser and the win will give us more confidence". "We knew it was going to be tough".

Euro 2020 qualifiers began across Europe as heavyweights Spain and Italy go off to a winning start in Group F and J respectively.

Spain made a promising start in front of a near-capacity crowd and got their breakthrough when Barca left back Alba played a one-two with Marco Asensio to cut down the flank and play a simple cross to Rodrigo who could hardly miss.

They dominated the contest with 75% possession and 26 shots, with Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is on loan from Chelsea, missing a number of chances for the hosts.

Sergio Ramos did very well for us with his penalty.

Norway were on the back foot from the off but it took until the 16th minute for Spain to find a way through.

Spain recorded a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Norway at the home ground of Valencia, Estadio Mestalla.

Luis Enrique's faith in Rodrigo was justified as the Valencia striker netted his fifth worldwide goal, but the crisis of confidence engulfing Morata appears no nearer its end.

The result leaves Ireland second in the early Group D table behind Switzerland, who beat Georgia 2-0, but McCarthy will know he has plenty of work to do after seeing his men struggle to claim just their second win in 12 matches.

Manager Lars Lagerback praised his team's efforts, saying: 'We met a better team today, but I will give praise to the players who fought the whole fight. "It was a shame we conceded the penalty but we found a solution, and we realised that if you want to win you have to suffer".

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