International Matches - Under 20

Spain 1 - Argentina 3

Spain: Ribas; Molinero, Alexis, Robusté, José Enrique; Markel, Zapater (Víctor 83'); Juanfran (Gavilán 75'), Cesc Fábregas, David Silva; Llorente (Jonathan 75'). 4-2-3-1.
Argentina: Ustari; Barroso, Cabral, Paletta (Garay 90'), Fórmica; Torres, Zabaleta, Archubi (Gago 63'), Cardozo; Messi, Vitti (Oberman 46'). 4-4-2.

Goals: 0-1. 18. Zabaleta; 1-1. 32. Zapater; 1-2. 71. Oberman; 1-3. 73. Messi.

Emmen. Spain are out of the Youth World Cup after losing 1-3 to Argentina at the quarter final stage. Iñaki Sáez's side could have gone behind early on when Barcelona's Messi bent a free kick into the back of the net only to see the strike disallowed for a positional offside. But soon afterwards Zabaleta got on the end of a cross in from Cardozo to beat Biel Ribas and open the scoring.

Zaragoza's Zapater levelled the scores just after the half hour mark with a strong shot after Llorente laid back Molinero's cross, and for a few minutes the youngsters were on top. But with twenty minutes to go Messi sent Oberman away for him to chip the keeper and restore the lead, and two minutes later Messi himself danced through the defence to make it three. Argentina were on their way to a semi-final meeting with Brazil, and Spain were on their way home.