Under 19 European championship qualifier
Macedonia 1 - Spain 3
(Mallorca); Solabarrieta (Basconia), Murillo (Bilbao), Jarque (Espanyol),
Peña (Barcelona); Corominas (Espanyol), Iniesta (Barcelona), Zubiaurre
(Real Sociedad), Pina (Zaragoza); Jonan (Bilbao), Sergio (Barcelona). 4-4-2.
Spain virtually assured their presence in July's under 19 European championship in Norway with a 1-3 away victory against Macedonia. Having topped their group in the first phase they were favourites to go through in this qualifying tie, although they were caught out with just over a quarter of an hour on the clock when Pandev opened the scoring for the home side. Their lead only lasted a minute though before Barcelona's Sergio levelled the scores, and when Pandev then got himself sent off just before half time the game swung in their favour. Bilbao striker Jonan scored twice in the second half to give Iñaki Sáez's side a two goal cushion for the second leg, which will be played in Murcia on 22nd May. (24.04.02)