|International Matches - Under 19|
Spain 2 - Ukraine 2 (Spain won 4-1 on penalties)
Spain: Ribas; Sergio
Ramos, Alexis, Robusté, Garrido; Markel, Albiol (Rubén 70');
Juanfran (Gavilán 50'), Víctor (Soldado 75'), David Silva; Juan
Spain are through to the European final after beating Ukraine 4-1 in the penalty shoot out. The youngsters should have won it earlier when they twice took the lead, but the East Europeans fought back and equalised both times.
Having rested many of his top players for the last match, Ufarte returned to his first choice line up. And after Juan Tomás went close, Víctor headed them into an early lead from Silva's free kick. Silva, Tomás and Juanfran all had occasions to increase the lead, but Shust was in excellent form and kept them all at bay.
Ukraine rallied though later in the first half, with Ribas having to save from Aliyev and Sytnyk shooting just wide. Silva was kept out by Shust on a quick breakaway after the restart, but Aliyev levelled the scores moments later, his long free kick deflecting off the shoulder of Robusté to wrong foot Ribas.
Ufarte brought on Soldado for the last quarter of an hour, and the Real Madrid striker proved to be a handful for the opposing defence. With the scores still equal after 90 minutes though, the game went in to extra time, and Soldado thought he had won it when he ran the ball into the empty net after a rare mistake by the keeper. But Yatsenko headed another equaliser near the end after Ribas could only beat out Kravtchenko's free kick, and it was down to penalties.
Spain's nerve held though, and they took a two goal advantage when Silva and Soldado converted their kicks, whereas Chygrynskiy shot wide and Kravtchenko's effort was saved by Ribas. Sergio Ramos and Vorobey both scored, but Rubén crashed home the winning kick to set up a final next Saturday against Turkey.