Spain's under 19 side won a friendly tournament in Ireland after three victories in three matches. Luis Milla and Aitor Karanka were in charge for the first time, and their side started with a 3-0 win over Ukraine, the goals coming in the second half from Nacho (Real Madrid), Salva (Sevilla) and Sergio (Mallorca). They had more problems with their second game the following day, although a first minute strike from Villarreal's Jordi Pablo was enough to see them through 1-0 against Portugal. And two days later they rounded things off beating hosts Ireland 0-2, with goals from Villarreal's Mario and Barcelona's Iago. (21.08.08)
Spain: Mariño; Mario Gaspar (Nacho 46'),
Morgado (Ríos 81'), Pulido, Rochela; Lázaro, Pablo (Luque 73'),
Jorge (Salva 58'), Joselu (Sergio 81'), Iago (Jaime 46'); Isma.
Ukraine: Vyayachesav, Oleksandr, Maksim, Temur, Maxim, Vitaliy, Sergey, Artur, Denys, Vitaliy, Dmytriy.
1-0. 67. Nacho.
2-0. 80. Salva.
3-0. 91. Sergio.
Spain's new youth team coaches Luis Milla and Aitor Karanka started their new reign with a win in this friendly tournament in Ireland. All the goals came in the second half after Ukraine had been reduced to ten men, with Real Madrid's Nacho opening the scoring and Salva (Sevilla) and Sergio (Mallorca) adding two more late on. (18.08.08)
Spain: Martínez; Mario Gaspar (Nacho 90'),
Morgado (Ríos 80'), Pulido, Rochela; Lázaro, Pablo (Luque 66'),
Jorge (Iago 46'); Isma (Jaime 55'), Salva, Sergio Enrich (Joselu
Portugal: Anthony, Pinto, Méndez, Rosado, Viana, Fonte, Simao, Reis, Martins, Sana, Mario Rui.
1-0. 01. Pablo.
Spain got off to a great start in their second match, Villarreal's Pablo opening the scoring in the first minute. However a second game in 24 hours took it's toll, and they were unable to build on their lead after that. (19.08.08)
Eire: Thorp, Oyebanjo, O'Connor, Morris, McArdle,
Kelly, Clifford, Henderson, Devitt, McCrory, Daly.
Spain: Mariño; Mario Gaspar, Nacho, Ríos, Rochela; Lázaro (Salva 66'), Jordi Pablo, Joselu (Sergio Enrich 55'), Iago Falqué (Jaime 72', Jorge 75'), Luque; Isma.
0-1. 12. Mario Gaspar; 0-2. 48. Iago.
Spain are champions of this friendly tournament after a 0-2 win over hosts Ireland. Villarreal's Mario Gaspar and Barcelona's Iago Falqué got the goals early on in each half, and Luis Milla's side ended the competition without letting in a sinlge goal. Iago was named man of the tournament.
Atlético Madrid's Sergio Rodríguez and Pichu Atienza both had to pull out of the original 18 man squad, and they were replaced by Jorge Pulido (Atlético) and Nacho Fernández (Real Madrid). The final squad was as follows:
Albacete: Jaime Romero
Athletic Bilbao: Isma López
Atlético Madrid: Jorge Puliod
Barcelona: Iago Falqué
Celta: Joselu Sanmartín
Deportivo: David Rochela
Mallorca: Sergio Enrich
Rayo Vallecano: Jorge Sáez
Real Madrid: Nacho Fernández
Real Sociedad: Alberto Morgado
Sevilla: José Antonio Ríos, Salvador González
Valencia: Fernando Martínez
Valladolid: Carlos Lázaro
Villarreal: Diego Mariño, Mario Gaspar Pérez, Miguel Angel Luque, Jordi Pablo.