Camacho, before the start of the game. Raul’s perfect matchIt was Raul’s big night for his four goals, his two goal passes. In total, he took part in seven of the nine goals of the match. In his twenty-first international match, with 21 years he already added nine goals in his private account. In Mestalla he had sealed his first target with the National Team, in December 1996 against Yugoslavia. Cañizares, Hierro, Marcelino, Urzaiz, Guardiola and Valerón above. Fran, Etxeberría, Salgado, Raúl and Sergi, Down. The eleven who beat Austria poses before the start of the clash. Matches the third biggest winThe 9-0 to Austria already became part of the most bulky results of the National Team winners until then. It was still far from 13-0 to Bulgaria, in Chamartín, on 21-5-1933 with six goals from Chacho and also 12-1 to Malta from 21-12-1983, with four goals from Santillana and Rincon, but they matched the two 9-0 previously achieved. Guardiola and Raúl celebrate Spain’s first goal against Austria. “Ay, ay, ay, ay / Sing and don’t cry / Because singing they rejoice / Cielito bonito, the hearts”. The irruption of MendietaGaizka Mendieta quickly became one of Jose Antonio Camacho’s favorite players. In total, he played 40 games with the absolute selection between 1999 and 2002, in which he scored 8 goals. Everything went well for Spain that Valencian night. Five minutes later he had scored Raul and at rest the score had already taken five. But it wasn’t just the goals. The most was the game. Tickets for the Etxeberría and Sergi bands; Pep and Valerón’s inside game, which seemed like they had been playing together for a lifetime. Fran took out his violin and nobody could understand how at 29 he only had nine matches as an international. It was the spring of 99, Spain came to that qualifying match for the 2000 Euro Cup that would have to be held in Belgium and the Netherlands, fourth with three points in a group of five teams. Ahead, it is not a lapsus, Cyprus (9 points), Austria (6) and Israel (4). Behind only San Marino. Victory seemed more than necessary. The slab of defeat in Cyprus in the first group match and that cost Javier Clemente’s dismissal was heavy. Almost as much as the still remembered World Cup in France 98.Fourth meeting of the Camacho era. First officer at home. He arrived undefeated. Two victories, Russia (1-0) friendly, and Israel (1-2), official and a draw, Italy (2-2), friendly. The team was in full transition after Clemente’s term. Alkorta, Luis Enrique and Kiko were missing due to injury. Mendieta controls the ball surrounded by Austrian players. By Nine times ‘olé’. And they could be more. Nine so many. And they could be more. A stadium, Mestalla, surrendered to the evidence by singing ‘el cielito bonito’, which was not a song from the land, not even from the country, but which was the first that came to mind the Valencian fans while contemplating one of the best matches of the National Team in its 100 years of history. Pep’s returnThe new coach recovered Pep Guardiola in that match, with whom he had not counted in the previous games and bet on an eleven clearly offensive and full of gamers. The stake was an ode to have the ball, occupy the opposite field, play the attack … Guardiola, Valerón and Fran together in the center of the field. Raul, liaison, with freedom. Up one of the most fit men in the Championship at that time, Urzaiz. An area auctioneer for a team with almost all football records. That, before an Austrian team led by the legendary Prohaska, stunned in his defense of five and overflowed by all sides, was a soccer and game match. The selection was a whirlwind from the first minute. Raul’s first goal was a foretaste of everything that would come next. Two walls. Three touches, Guardiola-Urzaiz-Raúl. Inside. And the second a genius of Fran with Raúl’s new thrust. And so on up to nine goals. The first part was a work of art. Video to put children in schools. Speed, control, game by the bands, interior passes, breaking unchecks … Guardiola marked the passage of the game. Valerón was running the ball. Fran drew indecipherable feints. Urzaiz was pulling the repertoire of the classic battering ram … and Raúl signed what was going to be his best night with the red one on his back. Munitis and Mendieta debuts. Camacho still had time in the second part to make Munitis and Mendieta debut, whom the local fans asked hard to open as an international just the day he turned 25. Hierro also caused a yellow card to serve the penalty in the next match against San Marino (0-6). What would not be the degree of fervor to which the public had arrived that after singing the l cute little sky ’, once the game was over, surrounded the team bus chanting one by one the name of all the players. The first had been against Portugal on 11-3-1934, five goals from Lángara, in qualifying match for the World Cup that year and the second against Albania on 19-12-1990 with Butragueño as top scorer, four goals.Two months after Mestalla’s game, in Villareal, very close, (5-6-99), that selection of Camacho with minimal touches, such as the entries of Luis Enrique, Morientes, Guerrero and Aranzábal, repeated the score against Albania, with Luis Enrique, three goals, of top scorer.After those two almost consecutive 9-0, the National Team has only improved that record once. Against Tahiti (10-0) in the Brazilian Confederations Cup in Brazil, in 2013. Fernando Torres added four goals. “I would have liked to score more goals.” Raúl demonstrates his voracity in front of the first microphone that approaches him after the game. However, his main partner during the meeting, Pep Guardiola, flees the protagonists. “The glory must be for the strikers, the most important thing in football is the goal.”That was not the first night in which the two proved to have a special connection within a pitch. In the same scenario of Mestalla, a few years earlier, on December 14, 96, the two had offered another master class in a match against Yugoslavia (2-0) with Clemente on the bench.