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Spain, Scotland clinch Euro 2024 spot 


Spain secured their spot in Euro 2024 with a narrow 1-0 victory over Norway on Sunday, helping Scotland qualify from Group A.

The only goal of the game came from young Barcelona star Gavi, who smashed in a rebound after a deflected shot from Mikel Oyarzabal in the 49th minute.

Norway, who have not played in a major tournament since Euro 2000, and their prolific striker Erling Haaland have no chance of qualifying directly. They must hope for a play-off spot if Serbia qualifies from Group G.

Spain did a great job of keeping Haaland quiet throughout the match, as Norway rarely threatened Unai Simon’s goal.

Spain had a goal disallowed in the first half when Alvaro Morata tapped in from close range, but he was offside when Stefan Strandberg diverted Dani Carvajal’s cross.

Gavi’s strike was his fifth for Spain in 25 appearances, and he showed his quality and composure in a tense match.

Norway’s best chance fell to Martin Odegaard, who dragged his shot wide after a good run by Antonio Nusa.

Morata had another chance to seal the win for Spain, but his effort was cleared off the line, and he was flagged for offside anyway.

Norway could not find an equaliser in the eight minutes of stoppage time, and Spain celebrated their qualification at the final whistle.

Spain had a shaky start to their qualifying campaign with a surprise loss to Scotland, but they bounced back with a Nations League triumph in June and a smooth run to the Euros since then.

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