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Spurs' Euro nightmare

English Barclays Premiership

Steffen Iversen and Allan Nielsen have made it a hat-trick to forget for our players in Euro2000. They joined England's Sol Campbell in making an early exit from the tournament after their final group games for Norway and Denmark respectively.

Striker and last season's top scorer Iversen - playing with a broken nose - was in midfield as Norway's dreams of a place in the quarter-finals were shattered by Spain's late, late show against Yugoslavia.

Norway's 0-0 draw against Slovenia looked enough to take them into the last eight but Spain, who needed to beat Yugoslavia to have any chance of progressing, recovered from 3-2 down in injury time to win 4-3 and leave Iversen and the Norwegians reeling.

At least Iversen, 23, can now enjoy a much-needed break. "It was a very hard season," he admitted. "I played with a few knocks so it's been really tiring and I could really feel it at the end of the season. My form was a little bit down then but that was mainly because I was very, very tired."

It was even worse news for Nielsen, 29, who was left out of the starting line-up as Denmark completed the tournament without a point or a goal following a 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic. He still believes the future is bright though.

"We have Morten Olsen and Michael Laudrup ready to take over, a new era and we'll have to see what happens," he said.

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.