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Under 21 European qualifier

Poland 0 - Spain 1

Spain's under 21 side will be in Friday's play-off draw after finishing as one of the four best placed group runners-up. Luis Milla's side knew that they could catch group leaders Holland, but needed a win to be sure of qualifying. The Poland defence didn't allow many opportunities though, and apart from a couple of efforts from Bojan, keeper Gilwa was hardly troubled. As full time approached Spain were in a qualifying position despite the draw, but a goal by Poland or a change of results elsewhere would have left them out. However with five minutes to go Thiago lifted a free kick over the defensive wall, and Canales got behind the defence to score. It was a carbon copy of the goal the two of them carved out in the under 19 championship a few weeks ago, and it was enough to keep their European and Olympic hopes alive. (07.09.10)