International Matches - Under 19

Report from our special correspondent.


Spain won the under-19's European Championship after surviving a late scare. The young Spaniards had beaten the Scots 4-0 in the group stages but a repeat of that scoreline never looked likely.

Spanish goalkeeper Adán had to parry away a goalbound effort from Hearts striker Elliot early on. Spanish wingers Capel and Calvo have been outstanding in this tournament but they took a while to get into the game as Scotland packed the midfield. The Scots had the ball in the net in the 40th minute but a flag was already up before Elliot slotted home. Spain's best effort of the first half was a Mario volley that dipped just over.

Spain took the lead early in the second half thanks to Bueno's spectacular chip. The same player made it two after good work from Man Utd starlet Pique. Dorrans pulled one back for Scotland with three minutes to go to set up a grandstand finish with the same player having a shot blocked at the death. But Spain held on to win their third under-19 title in five years.