|International Matches - Under 21|
Spain 2 - Greece 0
Valdés; Angel,Dani Tortolero, Pablo, Asier Del Horno ; Arzu, Arteta
(Corona 68'); Valdo (Arriaga 76'), Reyes (Jorge 72'), Riera; Fernando Torres.
Group 6 table:
Huesca. Spain moved to the top of the Euro 2004 group 6 table with a 2-0 victory over Greece. Juan Santiesteban's side needed to win by two clear goals to overtake their opponents who had beaten them earlier in the competition, and the manager could count on an all star line-up which included Reyes and Fernando Torres in attack and Valdo making his debut on the right wing. The Greeks proved a tough nut to crack though, and only debut boy Valdo caused any problems for Amparis early on. However the turning point came on the half hour mark when visiting captain Vallas was sent off rather harshly by the Dutch referee after bringing down Fernando Torres as he advanced on goal. A couple of minutes later Reyes sent Riera away on the left, and the Mallorca winger sent in a low cross which was bundled into the net from close range. At first the goal was attributed to Valdo, but the Osasuna midfielder confirmed with all honesty after the game that he had not touched it, and that Vintra had scored in his own net.
The Greek manager Manolas decided that the only option was to defend and look for the breakaway, and he brought on Stefanis straight after the goal. Even so Víctor Valdés was forced to make an important save from Papadopoulos before half time. Del Horno headed a corner wide early in the second half, but otherwise Spain found it hard work to find any gaps in a tight defence, and Papadopolous felt himself unlucky to be given offside when he got the ball in the net on a quick counter-attack. Eventually though Fernando Torres pulled aside two defenders before slipping the ball through for his Atlético Madrid team mate Jorge to round the keeper and shoot in from a wide angle. It gave his side the head-to-head advantage they needed over their opponents, and a win on Tuesday night at Northern Ireland will consolidate their lead.