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Adrián double kick-starts Spain challenge

Published: Wednesday 15 June 2011, 19.55CET
Spain climbed above the Czech Republic in Group B after a goal in each half from striker Adrián at the Viborg Stadion ended Jakub Dovalil's team's 11-game unbeaten sequence.
by Patrick Hart
from Viborg Stadion

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Czech RepublicSpain

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners5
 
3
Fouls committed31
 
9
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 20/03/2013 18:49 CET

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Published: Wednesday 15 June 2011, 19.55CET

Adrián double kick-starts Spain challenge

Spain climbed above the Czech Republic in Group B after a goal in each half from striker Adrián at the Viborg Stadion ended Jakub Dovalil's team's 11-game unbeaten sequence.

Spain found the cutting edge to complement their clever play as an Adrián double earned a 2-0 victory over Group B's only previous winners, the Czech Republic.

Adrián applied a lethal finish to Juan Mata passes in either half to lift Luis Milla's team a point above the Czechs in the section with one game remaining. Playing in a town where Danish kings were historically crowned, and against opponents unbeaten in 11 matches, the Spanish claim to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship title looked a strong one.

Milla had brought Iker Muniain, an Athletic Club talisman at 18, into the side in left midfield as he looked for the clinical touch which eluded his charges in their opening 1-1 draw against England. The teenager was immediately at the heart of clever movement which enabled Ander Herrera to tease a low ball across the six-metre box for Mata. His attempted finish was blocked out by defender Jan Lecjaks and goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík.

With both teams working overtime to close the other down, room to manoeuvre was initially at a premium in Viborg. Spanish frustration resulted in yellow cards for Javi Martínez and Mata. Yet the No10's next contribution was an entirely positive one as he dinked the ball through for Adrián to finish smartly from inside the penalty area.

It was an altogether happier moment for the forward than the relegation he suffered recently with RC Deportivo La Coruña. When Mata very nearly slipped a second goal under Vaclík from Didac Vila Rosello's cross, the goalkeeper's trailing leg fortuitously smothered the danger.

Whatever possession the Czech Republic did have came to nothing until, on the brink of half-time, Ondřej Čelůstka advanced up the right and centred for Tomáš Pekhart – the qualifying competition's nine-goal top scorer – who rifled his shot over. Unbeaten in that qualification process, Jakub Dovalil's side certainly had no cause to feel inferior, yet they were struggling to build on the platform of their weekend victory over Ukraine.

Nor were the omens good for a second-half turnaround, with Spain enjoying four wins and a draw from the countries' five previous U21 meetings. That negative spectre loomed larger still moments after the restart as Mata surged from the centre circle and released Adrián; this time the No7 turned back inside Ondřej Mazuch before stroking Spain's second goal in off the post.

If another Čelůstka delivery required a desperate clearance from Martín Montoya, and his late header elicited a diving save from David de Gea, those were minor detail in the bigger picture of the Czech Republic's first defeat since June 2009. Spain, on this evidence, may take some stopping.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.16CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2011/matches/round=2000002/match=2003393/postmatch/report/index.html#czech+republic+spain

Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Spain

Spain

1
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
3
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
4
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
Yellow Card80
4
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez (C)
Yellow Card25
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal27
Goal47
Yellow Card47
Substitution74
6
VáchaLukáš Vácha
Yellow Card33
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Yellow Card25
Substitution89
8
DočkalBořek Dočkal (C)
12
MontoyaMartín Montoya
10
MorávekJan Morávek
Substitution63
17
Dídac VilàDídac Vilà
11
PekhartTomáš Pekhart
Substitution46
18
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
13
GecovMarcel Gecov
19
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
20
BotíaAlberto Botía
Yellow Card53
22
HloušekAdam Hloušek
Substitution77
22
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution83

Substitutes

16
ŠtěchMarek Štěch (GK)
1
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
23
HanušJan Hanuš (GK)
23
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
3
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
7
HořavaTomáš Hořava (GK)
5
San JoséMikel San José
9
KozákLibor Kozák
Substitution46
Yellow Card62
6
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
12
KovaříkJan Kovařík
8
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution74
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution63
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
15
M. ČernýMilan Černý
Substitution77
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution83
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
14
NsueEmilio Nsue
Substitution89
19
ChramostaJan Chramosta
15
José ÁngelJosé Ángel
20
RabušicMichael Rabušic
16
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
21
HošekJan Hošek
21
Rubén PérezRubén Pérez

Coach

Jakub Dovalil (CZE) Luis Milla (ESP)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Michael Soteriou (CYP), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Liran Liany (ISR)

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