Spain: Sivera (Unai Simón 46’); Pol Lirola (Carmona 46’), Jorge Meré, Unai Núñez (Jorge Sáenz 46’), Aarón Martín (Lato 46’); Mikel Merino (Alfonso Pedraza 70’), Rodri; Carlos Soler (Pablo Fornals 46’), Dani Ceballos (Brahim Díaz 85’), Oyarzabal (Nahuel 79’); Borja Mayoral (Marc Gual 70’). 4-2-3-1.
Italy: Scuffet; Calabria, Pezzella, Bonifazi (Romagna 74’), Mancini; Barella (Locatelli 74’), Mandragora (Murgia 46’), Chiesa, Orsolini (Adjapong 61’); Cerri (Favilli 46’), Cutrone (Palombi 86’). 4-4-2.
1-0. 22. Merino. Picked up Soler pass and struck shot wide of Scuffet.
2-0. 45. Mayoral. Controlled Merino pass and ran on to shoot past keeper.
3-0. 80. Meré. Steered looping header across keeper from Lato free kick.
Yellow cards: Mandragora 27’, Pezzella 48’, Barella 52’, Adjapong 63’.
An impressive start by Spain’s new under 21 side, a 3-0 victory over Italy in their first warm-up game setting them up well for the upcoming European qualifiers. Seven of the starting line-up had played before at this level though, and midway through the first half they took the lead, Mikel Merino picking up a pass from Carlos Soler and nut-megging a defender before shooting past Scuffet. Unai Nuñez hit the post with a clever back-heel a few minutes later, and with the first half coming to a close Borja Mayoral ran on to Merino’s through ball to make it two. After the restart Unai Simón had to make a couple of important saves, but with ten minutes to go Jorge Meré wrapped things up with a looping header from Lato’s free kick.