|International Matches - Under 21|
Spain 1 - Israel 0
Spain: Aranzubia; Coira, Marchena,Jusué, Asier Del Horno; Gallardo, Xavi, Orbaiz, Vicente (Yeste 75'); Aganzo, Pablo Couñago (Xisco 60'). 4-4-2.
A last second goal by Barcelona's Xavi gave Spain the narrowest of victories in Toledo on Friday night against Israel. Xavi was one of three players who came in to the side directly from winning the Olympic silver in Sydney, together with Bilbao keeper Aranzubia and Benfica defender Marchena. A fourth player from the Olympic squad, Gabri, was called up, but was given a three game ban after his sending off in the final in Sydney and was replaced by Sevilla's Gallardo. The rest of the squad came from last year's world cup winning under 20 side, with Valencia's new star Vicente in midfield and three more Bilbao players, Del Horno, Orbaiz and Yeste, in the side. Spain did all the attacking in the first half, with Israel's keeper Shalo saving on numerous occasions. In the second half Israel came out more, with their first shot at goal coming just after the beak from Zanderg. Israel's defence was well disciplined but hard, breaking up Spain's attacks with heavy tackles that earned them five yellow cards during the game. Spain's best chances came from Xavi, with Shalo making a brilliant save from his free kick and then from Recreativo's Xisco towards the end. Just when it seemed that Israel had earned a point up came Xavi, one of the smallest players on the pitch, to save his side with a glancing header. Spain are now joint leaders with France, both with six points from two games. None of the other three teams, Austria, Bosnia and Israel, have got any points to date. Spain's victory keeps up their 12 year unbeaten home record at under 21 level, and they have been unbeaten in official competitions now for five years. They now go on to play Austria on Tuesday night.