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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Sport-By-Sport Report : SOCCER

Spain's Gonzalez Proves His Worth

July 25, 1996|From Times Wire Services

Raul Gonzalez finally showed why he's Spain's $12-million man.

The Spanish pro league star scored two goals, including the winner in the 93rd minute as the defending Olympic gold medalists overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat Australia, 3-2, in a Group B game at Orlando, Fla.

Gonzalez's decisive goal for Spain (2-0-1) came on a header off a pass from Ivan De la Pena.

Aurelio Vidmar scored twice in the first 11 minutes for Australia (1-2).

In the other Group B game, France (2-0-1) defeated Saudi Arabia, 2-1, at Miami. Antoine Sibierski scored from 18 yards out in the 49th minute to beat Saudi Arabia (0-3).

Sibierski took Vikash Dhorasoo's cross from near the end line and scored the tiebreaker.

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In Group A play, Argentina and Tunisia played to a 1-1 tie at Birmingham, Ala. Argentina (1-0-2) went ahead early, then was outplayed for long stretches by undermanned Tunisia (0-2-1).

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