|International Matches - Under 17|
Spain 1 - France 1 (3-4 on penalties)
Spain: Nauzet; Molinero (David Rodríguez 68'), Robusté, Alexis Ruano, Garrido; Corominas (Llamas 65'), Merino, Valero, Gavilán; Jonathan (Silva 57'), Soldado. 4-4-2.
Favourites Spain were beaten in the penalty shoot out by France and are knocked out of the competition at the semi-final stage. The youngsters had an early chance to take the lead when Gavilán was awarded a penalty when brought down by Medjani, but the captain put his kick wide of the goal. After that though France took charge against Santiesteban's tired looking side, and Nauzet did well to save from Lejeune as he cut in from the left. On the stroke of half time the left winger advanced again into the penalty area and Alexis bundled him over. The referee awarded another penalty, and Plessis stepped up to show how it is done with a confident shot into the top of the net.
Spain's top scorer Jonathan had to leave the field injured in the second half, Silva taking his place, and as the game wore on Santiesteban went for broke, bringing on young striker David for the last ten minutes. Alexis hit the bar soon afterwards as Spain came looking for the equaliser, and two minutes from the end Silva rose to head home Valero's corner, the ball deflecting in to the net off Plessis. That took the game in to the penalty shoot out, but although Nauzet saved the first penalty from Plessis, the French keeper Bengegnu stopped shots from Soldado and Merino to take his side through to the final against Switzerland. It was fitting revenge for the French, who lost to the same Spanish squad in the under 16 final a year or so ago.