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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Diving Header Sends Spain to Final Round

LEEDS, England -- Substitute Guillermo Amor scored the winner with a low diving header seven minutes from the end as Spain downed Romania 2-1 Tuesday to clinch a place in the quarterfinal of the European Championship.


Javier Manjarin gave Spain an 11th minute lead before Florin Raducioiu broke away to level for the already-eliminated Romanians in the 29th.


The Spaniards needed a victory to claim a last eight place, however, and Barcelona's Amor provided it after Alfonso Perez head created it with a header inside.


Romania reshuffled its lineup against Spain to include a new attack and central defense. Spain started without Jose Caminero, the scorer in a 1-1 tie against France, who was replaced by Miguel Angel Nadal in the midfield.


Romania, already relegated after two previous losses in Group B, surprised Spain with several swift attacks in the opening minutes, creating two good chances within nine minutes but then fell behind after 11.


First, midfielder Adrian Ilie fired a shot from some 15 meters when he was left alone, but it was high and wide. In the 9th minute, defender Gheorghe Popescu's shot from some 20 yards too a deflection off a Spanish defender's leg and zoomed past the left post of the goal.


Two minutes later Alfonso Amavisca's shot was blocked by a defender, but the ball ran to Javier Manjarin who had the simple task of side-footing the ball past the unprotected goalkeeper from just outside the penalty area.


In the 17th minute, Spanish striker Juan Antonio Pizzi's 10-yard shot was saved by Prunea on his second attempt. Francisco Narvaez Kiko had a penalty claim turned down by Turkish referee Ahmet Cakar after a duel with Romanian defender Tibor Salymes in the penalty box.


But the Romanians scored their first goal of the championship after 29 minutes. Ovidiu Stanga flipped a ball through to Raducioiu, who plays for Espanol, and the striker raced away from the Spanish defense to drive the ball powerfully and accurately past 'keeper Zubizarreta.


In the second half, Spain switched into a higher gear. Amavista had a golden opportunity to put Spain ahead in the 70th minute of the second half, but his shot from only five yards was spectacularly saved by Prunea.