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Soriano seals Spanish success

Published: Tuesday 7 June 2005, 23.19CET
Spain 4-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina Jonathan Soriano is twice on target to boost Iñaki Sáez's home side in Group 7.
Published: Tuesday 7 June 2005, 23.19CET

Soriano seals Spanish success

Spain 4-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina Jonathan Soriano is twice on target to boost Iñaki Sáez's home side in Group 7.

By Andy Hall

Two second-half goals from Jonathan Soriano helped Spain to a victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Castellón that takes them to the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 7.

Close group
Spain fell behind early today but recovered to move above Belgium and Serbia and Montenegro into first place. However, they only lead the Belgians on goal difference and have now played one game more than both their serious rivals for the two play-off berths.

Magnificent strike
Bosnia-Herzegovina pressed from the start and took the lead on nine minutes in spectacular fashion. Spotting Asier Riesgo off his line, Senijad Ibricic let fly with a magnificent chip that surprised the goalkeeper and nestled inside the post.

Swift equaliser
But Spain were back on level terms within eight minutes. Héctor Font's threaded pass split open the Bosnia defence to leave Jaime Gavilán free to slot past custodian Zdenko Baotic and register his first goal for Spain at this level.

Soriano on song
Iñaki Sáez's side went in front right at the start of the second half through RCD Espanyol prodigy Soriano, whose header rebounded off the crossbar and bounced just over the line. The visitors' rearguard was breached again in the 78th minute when Soriano was released to slot in his seventh goal of the competition, the leading tally.

Font finish
Ibrahim Zukamovic's team showed that they were far from out for the count when Avdija Vrsajevic flicked in a glancing header to make it 3-2 shortly afterwards. But Font relieved any nerves for Spain in added time, tucking the ball inside the post.

Crucial encounter
Spain will be cheering Bosnia-Herzegovina on when they welcome Belgium on 2 September, while Sáez's team next meet Serbia and Montenegro four days later in a crucial encounter.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.25CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

13
RiesgoAsier Riesgo (GK)
1
JakupovićEldin Jakupović (GK)
Yellow Card48
2
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
2
StudenovićMijo Studenović
Substitution86
3
PeñaCarlos Peña
3
BarišićJosip Barišić
4
Carlos GarcíaCarlos García
4
HusićEdin Husić
Yellow Card63
Substitution72
5
JarqueDaniel Jarque
5
MaksimovićMarko Maksimović
Yellow Card38
6
VitoloVitolo
6
LukačevićJosip Lukačević
7
Héctor FontHéctor Font
7
IbrićDamir Ibrić
Substitution59
8
GabiGabi
8
SmajićSulejman Smajić
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution46
9
JelićPetar Jelić (C)
10
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution62
10
IbričićSenijad Ibričić
Goal10
11
GavilánJaime Gavilán
Goal18
Yellow Card55
Substitution83
11
SalihovićSejad Salihović
Yellow Card84

Substitutes

1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
12
BaotićZdenko Baotić (GK)
12
ZubiaurreIban Zubiaurre
13
ČovićMehmedalija Čović
14
TarantinoJavier Tarantino
14
LandekaDavor Landeka
15
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
15
MartinovićDejan Martinović
Substitution86
Yellow Card90
16
JavitoJavito
Substitution83
16
DajićJusuf Dajić
17
Sergio GarcíaSergio García
Substitution62
17
PehlićEdin Pehlić
Substitution59
Goal83
18
Jonathan SorianoJonathan Soriano
Substitution46
Goal48
Goal78
Goal90
18
ZebaZajko Zeba
Substitution72

Coach

José Ignacio Sáez (ESP) Ibrahim Zukanovic* (SRB)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Sinisa Buic (CRO), Igor Krmar (CRO)

Fourth official

Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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