|International Matches - Under 20|
Spain 2 - Mali 0
Bouzón, Carlos García, Melli, Peña; Vitolo, Gabi; Juanfran
(Corominas 71'), Iniesta, Gavilán (Pina 65'); Sergio García
(Arizmendi 80'). 4-2-3-1.
Spain kept their hopes of qualification alive with a 2-0 victory over Mali on Monday. After their defeat against Argentina a few days ago, Armando Ufarte's side needed to win to keep going in the competition, and the manager drafted in Celta's Bouzón and Real Madrid's Juanfran. The youngsters started well, with Sergio García picking up a pass from Barcelona team mate Iniesta and rattling the bar, and with a quarter of an hour on the clock Iniesta found Juanfran for him to head his side in front.
Gavilán missed a couple of chances to put Spain further ahead, and there were fears that the storyline of the last match could repeat itself when Riesgo was called upon to save from Dembele. But with a few minutes to go Dembele gave away a penalty for a foul on Pina, and although Sergio García had to repeat his kick after the referee ruled that the Mali players had encroached the area, he was able to beat Diakite again to wrap things up. Spain now take on Uzbekistan in the last group game on Thursday, and a draw would be enough to take them through to the knock out stage if Argentina don't lose to Mali in the other group match.