International Matches - Under 19

Portugal 1 - Spain 1

Portugal: Igor; Joao Pedro, Renato, Mano, André (Antuñes 55'); Condesso (Nuno Coelho 81'), Zezinando, Pereirinha; Bruno Gama, Diogo Tavares (Caiado 78') , Barbosa. 4-3-3.
Spain: Bernabé; Barragán, Crespo, Marc Valiente, Canella; Toni, Ernesto Granero (Javi García 70'), Elustondo, Diego Capel (Jeffrén 83'); Pedraza (Mata 78'), César Díaz. 4-4-2.

Goals: 1-0. 21. Bruno Gama (penalty), 1-1. 47. César Díaz.

Spain will play Austria in the semi-finals next Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Portugal confirmed their top spot in group B. With nothing to play for, Ginés Meléndez gave a run out to his lesser used players, and for most of the first half they were up against it as their opponents pushed for the win they needed to finish in second place. Midway through the first half, Atlético keeper Bernabé gave away a penalty on Barbosa, and Bruno Gama stepped up to score from the spot. And Barbosa went close before Tavares had a goal ruled out for offside close to the break.

Spain had only really tested Igor Araújo once in the first half, the keeper stopping an effort from César Díaz, but the Albacete striker left him with no chance when he got on the end of Toni's cross to head into the net just two minutes after the restart. News came in that Scotland were beating Turkey in the other group match, and Barbosa and Gama both brought good saves out of Bernabé as Portugal desperately pushed for the winner. But Meléndez brought on fresh legs and the intense heat finally brought the game to an end, leaving another strong rival out of the competition. The two may meet again in the youth World Cup in Canada next year though, as Portugal at least ensured third place in the group.