|International Matches - Under 21|
Spain 4 - Bosnia Herzegovina 2
Zapater, Carlos García, Jarque, Peña; Vitolo, Gabi; Héctor
Font, Iniesta (Sergio García 61'), Gavilán (Javito 83'); Llorente
(Jonathan Soriano 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Castellón. A second half hat-trick from Espanyol's Jonathan Soriano against Bosnia took Spain's under 21 side up to the top of their European qualifying group. Iñaki Sáez's side found themselves behind in the tenth minute when Ibricic fired a dipping shot over the head of Riesgo, but a few minutes later Gavilán levelled the scores after Héctor Font set him up. And the youngsters could have been ahead had Llorente not headed over the bar just before the half time whistle.
Llorente was replaced by Jonathan at the break, and it proved to be an inspired move as within two minutes the Espanyol striker had put his side in front, heading Iniesta's free kick off the crossbar and down just over the line. After that Spain took complete control, Jarque getting the ball in the net from Gavilán's free kick only to see it ruled out for offside, and Jonathan and fellow substitute Sergio García running rings around the visiting defence.
It was only a matter of time before they scored again, Jonathan running on to a through ball after good work by Font and Gabi to beat Jakupovic once again. A lapse of concentration let in Phelic to head one back though, and there were some nervous moments as the East Europeans came out looking to equalise. But with the game in injury time Jonathan completed his hat-trick, picking up a pass from Sergio García and firing in a shot which deflected in to the net off the boot of Héctor Font for his eighth goal in the competition in only four partial appearances.