Under 19 European Championship

Spain won the under 19 European title for the third time in five years after beating Scotland 2-1. The youngsters had already beaten their opponents 4-0 at the group stage, but they found themselves up against a determined rival who gave as good as they got up to the half time whistle. Five minutes in to the second half though Spain made the breakthrough, Bueno picking up a return pass from Mata to lob McNeil from outside of the area. And with twenty minutes to go the Real Madrid striker got his second of the evening after Piqué laid across Mata's long free kick. Scotland carried on fighting however, and substitute Dorrans headed one back near the end to set up a nervous last few minutes. (29.07.06)

Spain cruised in to the under 19 European Championship final with a crushing 5-0 victory over Austria. Ginés Meléndez's side went ahead ten minutes before half time when Piqué and Mata combined to set up Jeffrén to score, and before the break Javi García had added a second with a free kick which deflected in off the keeper after hitting the bar. Mata added the third with twenty minutes to go after picking up a return pass from his Real Madrid team mate Bueno, and Javi García and Bueno added two more after that to wrap things up. Spain's opponents in the final will be Scotland, who surprisingly beat the Czech Republic in the other semi-final. (26.07.06)