|International Matches - Under 19|
Spain 3 - Hungary 0
Spain: Ribas; Chica,
Alexis, Robusté, Garrido (Amorebieta 78'); Markel (Rubén 70'),
Albiol; Sergio Ramos, Víctor, Silva (Willy 73'); Juan Tomás.
Onda. Spain qualified for this summer's European finals after beating Hungary 3-0 in their last group match. The two sides came in to the game level in all respects having both beaten Holland 1-0 and draw 0-0 with Lithuania, and a draw here would have meant a penalty-shoot out for group champions, always assuming that Lithuania did not beat Holland by two goals or more in the other group game which was kicking off at the same time.
With three games in five days, manager Armando Ufarte once again rotated his squad, although the side he put out was probably the best he had available. And they had the best of the opening minutes, with Juan Tomás having a shot blocked by the defence and Víctor steering a Sergio Ramos cross directly at keeper Kemenes. The break through didn't come until the half hour mark though, Valencia's David Silva bending a free kick round a badly positioned defensive wall to find the bottom corner of the net.
Six minutes later though Spain made it two, Mallorca's Víctor getting on the end of Silva's cross to head past Kemenes, and Hungary were reduced to ten men before the break when Dancs picked up a second booking for a foul on Víctor. The game was virtually in the bag, and shortly after Albiol's header brushed the crossbar, Espanyol striker Juan Tomás got a third goal, again from Silva's cross, to wrap things up. With Holland beating Lithuania the youngsters had topped their group with ease, and once again they are through to the eight-team finals, which will take place in Switzerland in July.