|International Matches - Under 19|
Spain 1 - Holland 0
Spain: Ribas; Chica,
Alexis, Robusté, Garrido; Rubén, Albiol; Sergio Ramos (Willy
62'), Juan Tomás, Saúl (Silva 46'); Soldado (Víctor 68').
Spain kept alive their hopes of reaching the final stage of the European championships with a narrow victory over Holland. After their disappointing draw against Lithuania, the youngsters needed to win against Ruud Gullit's side and also against Hungary in their last match to be sure of making it through to Switzerland, and manager Armando Ufarte made six changes to his side, with four players from Espanyol in his line up. But once again they were held off for much of the game, and their only chance in the first half came from Soldado, his shot going just wide of the far post. A few minutes later though Ribas had to be at his best to stop an effort from Mathilda from close range.
Ufarte brought on Valencia's David Silva at the break, and things improved, Soldado unlucky not to be given a penalty soon after the restart. Silva himself should have beaten Brack with twenty minutes to go, but soon afterwards he found Tenerife's Willy with a precision through ball for him to touch the ball past the keeper for the only goal of the match. After that they could have increased their lead, the keeper tipping headers from Rubén and Víctor over the bar and Víctor having goal disallowed. But they had done enough for victory, and now go on to Monday's game with Hungary in a confident mood.