It will be La Furia Roja's first action since the shock defeat to Morocco on penalties in the World Cup last-16 in December last year, while Norway's last outing ended in a 1-1 friendly-draw against Finland in November.
Spain are set to start their new era under Luis de la Fuente when they host Norway in a Euro 2024 qualifier at La Rosaleda on Saturday night. It will be La Furia Roja’s first action since the shock defeat to Morocco on penalties in the World Cup last-16 in December last year. Norway, meanwhile, failed to qualify for the tournament in Qatar, and their last outing was against Finland in a friendly, which ended in a 1-1 draw in November. The previous meeting between these two nations was back in 2019 in the Euro 2020 qualification, where Norway scored a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser to level the score at 1-1.
👨🏻🏫 ¡¡𝗠𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗲 𝗹𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗮 𝘁𝗲́𝗰𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮!!
El staff capitaneado por Luis de la Fuente ofrece los últimos detalles a los internacionales de cara al partido de esta noche ante Noruega.#VamosEspaña | #EURO2024 pic.twitter.com/mtyiYexfSl
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) March 25, 2023
Spain had an impressive Euro 2020, reaching the semi-finals, before losing on penalties to eventual champions Italy. La Furia Roja went into the 2022 World Cup as one of the favourites, but the 2010 champions struggled their way into the knockout round, having finished second in Group E, behind Japan. And then Luis Enrique’s side failed to breakdown a resolute Moroccan defence and the match ended 0-0 in 120 minutes of play, before the Atlas Lions prevailed 3-0 in the tiebreaker. The defeat led to the exit of Enrique and Fuente took charge as the head coach of Spain national team in December last year. The Red Fury’s focus is now on securing qualification for Euro 2024 in Germany, and they are the favourites in Group A, also comprising of Cyprus, Georgia, Norway and Scotland. Meanwhile, after facing Norway and Scotland in this international break, La Furia Roja will take on Italy in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League in the middle of June.
Norway, on the other hand, last played a competitive match against Serbia in the Nations League in September, 2022. The Lions lost the match 2-0 and finished second in League B Group 4, with 10 points to their name, three adrift of Serbia. Stale Solbakken’s side then rounded off the year with two friendlies in November, defeating Ireland 2-1 in the first one, thanks to goals from Leo Ostigard and Ohi Omoijuanfo, and then played out a 1-1 draw against Finland, courtesy of Alexander Sorloth’s equaliser, last time out.
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Spain Probable Starting Lineup: Raya, Carvajal, Laporte, I Martinez, Balde, Gavi, Rodri, Ceballos, Oyarzabal, Morata, Olmo
Norway Probable Starting Lineup: Nyland, Pedersen, Stranberg, Ostigard, Meling, Odegaard, Berg, Daehli, Sorloth, Elyounoussi
|Costa Rica||7-0 (W)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Norway draw Spain||1-1|
|Spain beat Norway||2-1|
|Spain beat Norway||0-3|
|Spain beat Norway||2-1|
|Norway beat Spain||0-1|
The Euro 2024 qualifier between Spain and Norway will take place at La Rosaleda on Sunday 1:15 am IST.
|Spain vs Norway||Key Details|
|Date||March 25 (Spain)|
|Kickoff time in Spain||8:45 pm (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in Norway||8:45 pm (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:15 am (Sunday)|
The live telecast of the Euro 2024 qualification matches will be available on Sony Sports network. Besides fans in India can live stream through Jio TV and Sony LIV. Football fans in Spain can catch the live action via TV2 Direkte, TV 6 Sweden and TV 2 Play, while those in Spain can watch the match on fuboTV espana, RTVE.es and TVE la 1.