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Spain seal play-off place

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET
Spain 2-0 Ukraine Goals from Valdo and Rubén Castro send Spain through.
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET

Spain seal play-off place

Spain 2-0 Ukraine Goals from Valdo and Rubén Castro send Spain through.

Goals in either half from Valdo and Rubén Castro helped Spain to a 2-0 victory at home to Ukraine that sealed their place in the play-offs for next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

One-point advantage
The home side kicked off holding a one-point lead over Greece in Group 6, with Ukraine a further point adrift, but with the Spanish having played a game less than the other two sides. Therefore, Spain knew victory in Murcia would guarantee first place in the section, and Valdo's 32nd-minute opener put the home team in control, the striker collecting a loose ball inside the penalty area to score.

Late clincher
Ukraine came forward more after half-time, with Kostyantin Balabanov twice and Olexiy Bielik both going close. The decisive second did not arrive until six minutes from time, when Rubén Castro converted Mikel Arteta's pass at the second attempt to seal the victory and with it Spain's progress.

Armenian visit
The defeat meant that Ukraine finished in third place in the group, while Spain end their qualifying campaign with a trip to Armenia on 10 October.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
1
RudenkoVitaliy Rudenko (GK) (C)
2
Ángel LópezÁngel López
2
StoyanDenys Stoyan
3
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
Substitution88
3
GodinOlexiy Godin
Yellow Card39
Substitution46
4
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
Yellow Card67
4
YatsenkoOlexandr Yatsenko
5
JarqueDaniel Jarque
5
KomarnitskiyVitaliy Komarnitskiy
6
ArzuArzu
6
YarmashGrigoriy Yarmash
7
ValdoValdo
Goal31
7
ArampatsisNikolaos Arampatsis
Yellow Card31
Substitution46
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta (C)
Yellow Card45
8
SmalkoAndriy Smalko
9
PortilloJavier Portillo
Substitution63
9
BielikOlexiy Bielik
Yellow Card50
Substitution84
10
JorgeLarena Jorge
Substitution84
10
RotanRuslan Rotan
11
RieraAlbert Riera
18
BalabanovKostyantyn Balabanov
Yellow Card55

Substitutes

13
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
23
BazhanIgor Bazhan (GK)
14
David GarcíaDavid García
Substitution88
13
RozhokSerhiy Rozhok
Substitution46
16
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution84
16
VorobeyDmytro Vorobey
Substitution46
18
RubénCastro Rubén
Substitution63
Goal84
17
SamborskiyVolodymyr Samborskiy
Substitution84
12
Rubén GonzálezRubén González
11
KabanovTaras Kabanov
15
ArriagaJoseba Arriaga
14
ProshynAndriy Proshyn
17
AganzoDavid Aganzo
15
GumenyukOleg Gumenyuk

Coach

Juan Santisteban Troyano (ESP) Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR)

Referee

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Assistant referees

François Mangen (LUX), Luc Nober (LUX)

Fourth official

Franco Maraglino (LUX)

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