Spain 3, Poland 2
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Of all the medals the host team has won in its most successful Olympics ever, could any have been sweeter than the soccer championship Spain won Saturday night?
Francisco ″Quico″ Narvaez chipped a loose ball over Polish goalkeeper Aleksander Klak in the final minute to give Spain a 3-2 victory and its first Olympic soccer gold medal.
The goal sent the crowd of 95,000, which included King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, into a flag-waving, song-singing, drum-banging frenzy.
″The key was emotion,″ said Spanish coach Vicente Miera. ″It was a great show tonight. Internationally speaking, this is the greatest feat as far as a Spanish team is concerned. I’m more than happy with the outcome.″
David Villabona set up the goal by blasting a shot from the top of the penalty area. The rebound came to the right side, and Narvaez netted it from about 10 yards.
The Spanish players mobbed Narvaez and they fell in a mass before getting up and racing back to defend the final seconds.
Poland’s Wojciech Kowalczyk opened the scoring six seconds into first-half injury time.
Spain tied it at the 65th minute when FC Barcelona midfielder Josep Guardiola sent a free kick from the far side of the penalty area. Abelardo Fernandez was standing at the far post and headed it into the near corner.
Poland rallied to tie with less than 15 minutes remaining. Ryszard Staniek took a chip pass in the area from Kowalczyk and knocked the ball over sprawled goalkeeper Antonio Jimenez.
Spain took the lead for good when Albert Ferrer led Narvaez in the penalty area. Narvaez twisted a shot back across the goal from 10 yards and past Klak.
It was Spain’s second medal in Olympic soccer, the first a silver in 1920 at Antwerp.
In the bronze medal game Friday, Ghana defeated Australia, 1-0.