|International Matches - Under 20|
Spain 1 - Paraguay 0
Bouzón, Carlos García, Melli, Peña; Vitolo, Gabi;
Juanfran, Iniesta, Gavilán (Pina 70'); Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Spain are through to the last eight of the youth world cup after a 1-0 win over Paraguay. Armando Ufarte's boys were on top for most of the game, and should have gone in front on numerous occasions in the first half. The South American keeper Antonio Silva kept out efforts from Iniesta and Juanfran, and when he was beaten by Gavilán, Oscar Díaz cleared off the line.
Sergio García also hit the bar with a long shot in the first half, and the Barcelona striker finally got the goal his side were looking for when he latched on to Juanfran's pass to score after the break. At first Paraguay didn't react and Spain could have increased their lead. But they finished strongly, and keeper Riesgo and Carlos García both kept out efforts, particularly from Dante López, in the dying minutes.
The youngsters go through though as Europe's only remaining representative, and they will play Canada in the quarter finals in Abu Dhabi next Friday. If they get through that one, it's on to Dubai to play the winners of the match between Colombia and hosts United Arab Emirates the following Monday.