International Matches - Under 20

Spain 3 - Morocco 1

Spain: Ribas; Molinero, Alexis, Raúl Albiol, Garrido; Juanfran, Zapater, Cesc Fábregas, David Silva (Gavilán 74'); Jonathan Soriano (Markel 46'), Llorente (Víctor 61'). 4-4-2.
Morocco: Bourkadi; Kantari (Bendamou 52'), Rabeh, Benzoukane, Benzouien; Hermach, Mssassi, Doulyazal, Tiberkanine (Chihi 51'); El Zhar, Iajour. 4-4-2.

Goals: 1-0. 27. Llorente; 2-0. 51. Molinero; 3-0. 71. David Silva; 3-1. 84. Doulyazal (penalty).

Spain got off to a winning start in their opening game in Holland, beating Morocco 3-1 to move joint top of their group together with Chile. After a slow start which the North Africans dominated, Athletic Bilbao's Llorente put the youngsters ahead midway through the first half after intercepting a bad back pass from Kantani to chip the keeper.

Tiberkanine missed a good chance to level the scores before the break, but just a few minutes after the restart Molinero latched on to a loose ball outside of the area to fire in a long shot which Bourkadi allowed through his hands. After that Spain were in control, and David Silva made it three with a long free kick which again the keeper could have done better with.

Morocco did get a late consolation when Doulyazal converted a hotly disputed penalty six minutes from the end. But by then it was all over, and Spain ended the day sharing the top of the table with their next opponents Chile, who beat Honduras 7-0. With the top two of each of the six groups to go through to the knock out round together with the four best third placed sides, Iñaki Sáez's side are already almost assured of a place in the last sixteen.