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Welbeck salvages point for England against Spain

Published: Sunday 12 June 2011, 22.41CET
Danny Welbeck struck two minutes from time to earn England a point against a Spain side who had seemed on course for all three following Ander Herrera's early effort.
by Patrick Hart
from Herning Stadion

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SpainEngland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners3
 
2
Fouls committed16
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 20/03/2013 21:49 CET

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Published: Sunday 12 June 2011, 22.41CET

Welbeck salvages point for England against Spain

Danny Welbeck struck two minutes from time to earn England a point against a Spain side who had seemed on course for all three following Ander Herrera's early effort.

A late goal by Danny Welbeck earned England a 1-1 draw and prevented Spain capitalising on a dominant performance on the first day of Group B action in Herning.

After taking the lead through Ander Herrera in the 14th minute, Spain suggested they could be the likelier of the two teams to go on to win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for a third time. However, Welbeck denied them the early edge in the section when he steered in the equaliser with the clock showing 88 minutes.

Spain's breakthrough came from the second of two corners in as many minutes. The first, for England, produced a pair of menacing headers from Chris Smalling. Once that danger had abated, Luis Milla's men countered, won a set piece of their own and scored.

For all the purist principles expounded pre-match on behalf of these heirs to the world and European champions, the goal had a curious source of origin – a dead ball delivered by Thiago Alcántara, knocked down by Javi Martínez and turned in at the back post by the stooping Ander.

Never mind Spanish pass and move, England could only regret the poor marking that had afforded the opposition two free headers. Ander and Javi Martínez promptly resumed the role of providing a solid platform for the fluid midfield frontrunners of Thiago, Juan Mata and Jeffren. It was a more conventional winger, Danny Rose, who almost fashioned a first-half equaliser for England, but his flashing cross was measured just too sharply for Daniel Sturridge.

The stretching forward did connect with right-back Kyle Walker's centre from the other flank close to the interval, requiring David de Gea to turn the ball behind. It was the first instance of Spain's much-touted keeper being scrambled into action since a poor Álvaro Domínguez back pass early in the game.

The next notable save was made by England No1 Frank Fielding, a second-half tipover from Ander's deflected strike. Another Ander shot elicited a double block from England's two centre-halves, Smalling and Phil Jones.

Both countries had lost just one of ten matches in qualifying, yet it was Spain who consistently found their rhythm in the teams' tournament curtain-raiser. Martín Montoya ended one sweeping move with a shot into the side netting. The buzzing Jeffren caused his markers many anxious moments, although Sturridge also kept the Spanish back line occupied.

The latter were eventually undone after Walker's forward surge created the opportunity for Sturridge's strike partner Welbeck to show a cool head by rolling the ball past De Gea and restoring parity at the death.

Just as it does not go completely dark at night here in Jutland as midsummer approaches, so it was premature to think the lights had gone out on England.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.18CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2011/matches/round=2000002/match=2003390/postmatch/report/index.html#spain+england

Quotes

  • Luis Milla, Spain coach

    Read more"In football, when you are on top, you have to be aware of being hit on the counterattack. I made substitutions to try and get the second goal and I thought we looked like getting a second goal, but instead it was England that scored."

  • Stuart Pearce, England coach

    Read more"I don't think our goal was threatened too much and we were rewarded in the end. If we had kept the ball from the Spanish team for as long as they did, we'd have won."

Lineups

Spain

Spain

England

England

13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
1
FieldingFrank Fielding (GK)
3
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
2
MancienneMichael Mancienne (C)
Substitution67
4
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez (C)
3
BertrandRyan Bertrand
6
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
Substitution80
5
SmallingChris Smalling
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution72
6
JonesPhil Jones
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
8
HendersonJordan Henderson
12
MontoyaMartín Montoya
9
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Yellow Card35
Goal88
17
Dídac VilàDídac Vilà
10
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
18
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Goal14
Yellow Card70
Substitution86
14
WalkerKyle Walker
19
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
Yellow Card24
17
CleverleyTom Cleverley
Substitution81
20
BotíaAlberto Botía
20
RoseDanny Rose
Substitution67

Substitutes

1
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
13
McCarthyAlex McCarthy (GK)
23
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
23
SteeleJason Steele (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
4
MuambaFabrice Muamba
5
San JoséMikel San José
7
AlbrightonMarc Albrighton
8
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution72
11
SinclairScott Sinclair
Substitution81
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution80
15
TomkinsJames Tomkins
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution86
16
CorkJack Cork
14
NsueEmilio Nsue
18
LansburyHenri Lansbury
Substitution67
15
José ÁngelJosé Ángel
19
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution67
16
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
21
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
21
Rubén PérezRubén Pérez
22
WickhamConnor Wickham
22
MuniainIker Muniain

Coach

Luis Milla (ESP) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Christos Akrivos (GRE), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

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