European Under-17 Championship

France 1 - Spain 0

Spain lost their second game to France, and now have to beat Northern Ireland in their last group A match on Sunday to be sure of reaching the semi-finals. The game got off to a lively start, with both sides going close early on. Spain though lost their striker César to an injury with only a quarter of an hour gone, and two minutes later France got the only goal of the game, Mario jumping to try and block an inocuous looking cross from Menez but only succeeding in deflecting it past his own keeper Adán. Juan Esteban's side fought back, with Marcos and substitute Pedraza going close in the first half and Javi García shooting wide soon after the restart, but when Piqué headed just past the post in the last minute there was no time left. (06.05.04)

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