International Matches - Under 19

Spain's under 19 side won through to the Elite round of the 2007/8 European Championships after topping their preliminary round mini-league. Hosting the group, the youngsters beat Albania 2-0, but could only draw 1-1 with Liechtenstein and Serbia. (23.10.07)

Spain 2 - Albania 0

Spain: Sergio Asenjo; Lillo, Guillem (Fran Mérida 65'), Víctor Ruiz, Menéndez; Sanjosé, Parejo (Alain 75'); César Azpilicueta, Javi Hernández, Aarón (Sergio García 80'); Emilio Nsue. 4-2-3-1.
Albania: Hoxha; Shehi, Bicaj, Malotaj, Samina; Hysa, Kaloti, Hyshmeri, Metani; Mustafaj (Dashi 85'), Bushati (Filipi 65'). 4-4-2.

Goals: 1-0. 32. Emilio; 2-0. 53. Javi Hernández.

Spain opened the new campaign with a win against Albania, although the bad state of the pitch after recent rain, together with a good performance from keeper Hoxha, prevented them from getting a bigger scoreline. Mallorca's Emilio Nsue headed the first from Lillo's cross with just over half an hour gone, and Real Madrid's Javi Hernández got the second with a low shot a few minutes after the restart.

Spain 1 - Liechtenstein 1

Spain: De Gea; Lillo, Sanjosé, Víctor Ruiz (Emilio 65'), Domínguez; Alain, Fran Mérida; Sergio García (César Azpilicueta 53'), Rubén Ramos (Javi Hernández 53'), Aarón; Dani Aquino. 4-2-3-1.
Liechtenstein: Benjamin; Haber, Flatz, Sven Beck, Claudio Beck (Schäpper 55'); Eberle, Christen, Rechteiner, Spalt; Kaufmann (Sele 68'), Hasler (Wolfinger 77'). 4-4-2.

Goals: None.

A disappointing result for Spain in their second game, a 0-0 draw against the lowly Liechtenstein meaning that they now have to get a point from their last match against Serbia to be sure of reaching the next round. Ginés Meléndez's side dominated from start to finish, but keeper Benjamín was on top form, and efforts from Aquino, Mérida, Aarón, Emilio and Azpilicueta all went unrewarded. Spain still top the group with 4 points, but Serbia and Albania have 3 and Liechtenstein 1.

Spain 1 - Serbia 1

Spain: Sergio Asenjo; Lillo, Sanjosé, Domínguez, Menéndez; Parejo, Fran Mérida (Sergio García 46'); César Azpilicueta, Javi Hernández (Dani Aquino 46'), Aarón Ñiguez (Alain 80'); Emilio Nsue. 4-2-3-1.
Serbia: Zivkovic; Raspopovic, Brkovic, Blagojevic, Milenovic (Prisovic 34', Perovic 69'); Adamovic, Marko Nikolic, Milos Nikolic, Gulan; Vukovic (Bokic 77'), Kojic. 4-4-2.

Goals: 0-1. 10. Vukovic; 1-1. 57. Aarón.

Spain scraped through to the elite round of the competition after drawing 1-1 with Serbia in their last match. Ginés Meléndez's side went behind from a Vukovic free kick in the tenth minute, and keeper Sergio Asenjo did well to save from Vujovic before the break, and Kojic soon after. However Aarón equalised after Emilio forced Blagojevic into a mistake eight minutes in to the second half, and Spain could have won had the referee not turned down a penalty appeal for a foul on Sergio García late on. Spain ended top the group with 5 points, and Albania will join them in the next round after a goalless draw with Liechtenstein left them in second place.

Spanish squad:

Goalkeepers: De Gea (Atlético Madrid), Sergio Asenjo (Valladolid);
Defenders: Domínguez (Atlético Madrid), Guillem Savall, Víctor Ruíz (Espanyol), Sanjosé (Liverpool), Menéndez (Real Madrid), Lillo (Valencia);
Midfielders: Fran Mérida (Arsenal), Camacho, Rubén Ramos (Atlético Madrid), Azpilicueta (Osasuna), Dani Parejo, Javi Hernández (Real Madrid), Sergio García (Valladolid);
Forwards: Emilio Nsue (Mallorca), Dani Aquino (Murcia), Aarón Ñiguez (Xerez).

PS Alain replaced Camacho in the squad late on.