Spain player ratings vs Norway: Kepa Arrizabalaga validates David de Gea exclusion as La Roja begin Luis de la Fuente era with win

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Luis de la Fuente's reign as Spain coach got off to a winning start as La Roja ran out 3-0 winners against Norway on Saturday.

It was not the most convincing of performances in their opening game of the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign as Norway put La Roja under pressure for large spells after Dani Olmo's early goal gave the hosts the lead.

But the visitors could not find a way through amid the absence of superstar forward Erling Haaland, as Kepa pulled off some strong saves to keep his team in the lead and ensure they did not miss David de Gea.

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Norway were made to pay for their wastefulness as late substitute Joselu struck twice in quick succession in a fantastic debut appearance as De la Fuente's men breathed a sigh of relief.

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