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Under 19 European Qualifiers

Spain's under 19 side reached the European finals for the fifth year in a row after beating Azerbaijan 4-0 in the last group match. Rubén Rochina scored twice in a two minute period around the half hour mark, and his Barcelona team-mate Thiago made it three from the penalty spot shortly before the break. And after the restart Real Madrid's Rodri came on to net the fourth before their opponents had Karamli sent off for a second bookable offence late on. This season's finals will take place in France during the last fortnight of July. (19.04.10)

Spain's under 19 side have one in foot in this summer's finals after picking up four points in their first two "Elite round games. Luis Milla's side got off to a disappointing start when they drew 1-1 with Norway, Barcelona's Rochina coming on as substitute to save the point. But with no less than seven Barcelona players in the starting line up for the second group game they beat hosts Turkey 2-3, Keko and Thiago twice putting the youngsters in front before Oriol finally won it in the second half. Spain now have to beat Azerbaijan in their last game on Monday to be sure of a place in France. (16.04.10)