|International Matches - Under 19|
Spain 1 - Turkey 0
Spain: Ribas; Sergio
Ramos, Alexis, Robusté, Garrido; Markel, Albiol; Juanfran (Juan
Tomás 67'), Víctor (Borja Valero 85'), David Silva
(Gavilán 54'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1
Spain are under 19 European champions! An injury time goal from Borja Valero was enough to repeat their triumph against Turkey from the group stages of the tournament and take the trophy for the second time in three editions.
Coach Armando Ufarte stuck largely to the side which won through on penalties against the Ukraine midweek, only making one change up front where Real Madrid's Soldado replaced Espanyol's Juan Tomás.
The beefy striker was in the action right from the start, and put a couple of efforts wide in the opening minutes. Víctor shot straight at Ozcan when set up later in the half, and the keeper reacted quickly to smother another effort from Soldado minutes later.
The Turkish side were still smarting though from Robusté's injury time winner in their group stage match, and were not going to let their opponents through easily even if it meant strong arm tactics. Gradually they battled their way back into the match, with Ribas having to save a Sezer Öztürk free kick and the defence blocking another effort from tournament top scorer Ali Öztürk either side of half time.
The introduction of Gavilán after the break added more imagination to Spain's game, and Soldado was just unable to keep the ball down from Juanfran's excellent cross soon afterwards. The Real Madrid winger was taken off seconds later though to be replaced by Tomás, and perhaps even more surprisingly, Ufarte replaced one of his forwards Víctor with midfielder Valero.
By now though Spain were throwing everything forward, and shortly after Valero shot just wide, Albiol failed to guide his header on target after Gavilán's free kick left him free just wide of goal. But with the game apparently heading for extra time, Soldado flicked on a throw-in to Valero. The youngster made himself space, Turning Inan twice before chipping the ball across goal and over the head of the surprised keeper, and Spain had won.
There were some ugly incidents at the end as nerves got the better of the players, and a bottle thrown from the crowd hit the Portuguese referee on the head. But that was soon forgotten, and Spain's youngsters had finally won a trophy after losing four youth finals in a row in just over a year. Once again a junior side had succeeded where the seniors had failed, and Spain now have a record eleven titles from the eighteen finals they have participated in.