|International Matches - Under 20|
Spain 4 - Jordan 2
Crespo, Elustondo, Piqué (Marc Valiente 43'), Canella; Javi
García (Sunny 62'), Adrián González; Iriome (Diego Capel
65'), Granero, Marcos García; Adrián López. 4-2-3-1.
Spain are through to the last sixteen as group B winners after a 4-2 victory over Jordan. Gines Meléndez's side appeared to have wrapped things up when Adrián López scored three goals in ten minutes late in the first half, the first with a guided header from Iriome's cross on the half hour mark. The Deportivo striker made it two when he turned the ball in from close up after keeper misread a Marcos García corner, and completed his hat-trick a few minutes later after Granero and Marcos combined to set him up.
With news coming in that their closest rivals Uruguay were losing to Zambia Spain were even closer to qualifying. But they lost their captain Piqué to an injury close to half time, and Jordan took advantage to get one back, Loiy Al Zaiden turning his marker and beating Adán on a rapid breakaway just three minutes after the restart. Eight minutes later Abdallah got a second with a well struck free kick, and the Middle East side could have levelled the scores had Adán not turned a deflected cross round the post for a corner.
However with ten minutes to go Adrián González caught out the opponents with a quickly taken free kick, and Marcos bravely launched himself forward against a sea of flying boots to head the ball past Hamad. It was enough to ensure the three points, and also to keep the youngsters at their home base of Burnaby for the first knock-out round. The bad news though was that their opponents will be Brazil, who surprisingly struggled to finish third in their own group.