|International Matches - Under 21|
Spain 2 - Lithuania 0
Zapater, Melli, Jarque, Peña; Vitolo (Jonathan Soriano 46'), Gabi;
Héctor Font, Iniesta (Zubiaurre 66'), Gavilán; Llorente (Sergio
García 75'). 4-2-3-1.
Onteniente. The Spanish under 21 side got their European campaign back on track with a 2-0 victory over Lithuania. The youngsters need to win all their remaining games to be sure of qualifying for next year's finals, but they found it hard work against a side who packed their defence right from the start. Iniesta brought a good save out of Malinauskas early on, but otherwise their only chances in the first half fell to Llorente, who hit the side netting in one attack and had a penalty appeal turned down a few minutes later.
The striker was fighting a lone battle though, and Iñaki Sáez decided to bring on Jonathan at the break to strengthen the attack. Kalonas tested Moyà for the first time soon after the restart, but Llorente headed over as Spain increased the pressure. And just before the hour mark they got their reward, Llorente winning the ball in the air and Héctor Font picking up the rebound to round his marker and beat the keeper with an angled shot.
Iniesta was off the field at the time having an injury attended to, and he gave up his place to Zubiaurre a few minutes later, Zapater switching back to his more natural midfield position. Soon afterwards Jonathan latched on to a loose ball around the halfway mark and, spotting the keeper off his line, fired a long shot over the top into the back of the net. It was all over, and after the top two Serbia and Belgium drew, a win against Bosnia next Tuesday could take Spain into joint first place in the table.