|International Matches - Under 22|
Spain 2 - Italy 1 (match abandoned)
Cuéllar; Jesús Gámez, Iván Ramis, Miguel
Flaño, Tarantino (Montañés 46'); Valera, Javi Fuego (Manu
Del Moral 58'), Larrea, Antonio Puerta; Kepa (Sergio Torres 73'), Arizmendi.
Goals: 0-1. 43. Vantaggiato; 1-1. 68. Montañés; 2-1. 76. Antonio Puerta.
Ejido. Spain are through to the semi-finals of the Mediterranean Games after a scandalous quarter final against Italy, the match eventually being abandoned after three Spanish and five Italian players were sent off. Tempers were short right from the kick off, and Portuguese referee Joao Francisco Lopes showed the red card to Arizmendi for retaliating and then to Palazzo for a foul with less than half an hour gone. Up to that point the only efforts at goal had come from the hosts, Fuego and Kepa testing Rossi early on, but Italy went ahead just before the break when Vantaggiato took advantage of a badly positioned defensive wall to beat Cuéllar from a free kick.
Two minutes after the restart the Azzurri were left with nine men when Ruffini was shown a second yellow card for protesting, and Juan Santiesteban's side took advantage to turn the scoreline around, half time substitute Montañés running through the defence to equalise and Antonio Puerta giving them the lead with a shot from the edge of the area. However immediately after Puerta's goal a brawl erupted involving most of the players, and Cuéllar, Flaño, Belloti and Porcari were all sent off. And as soon as the game restarted, Pulzetti also earned himself a red card, leaving his side with six players on the pitch. Under the competition rules, that meant that Italy were disqualified, and Spain go on to play Libya in the semi-finals in two days' time.