The official website for European football

Persistent Spain find late solution

Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 17.40CET
Spain 1-0 Finland
The hosts had to be patient but Míchel's 79th-minute goal extended their winning start in Group 4 and lifted them into second spot.
by Alberto Sanchez
from El Arcangel
Persistent Spain find late solution
Spain midfielder Javi Martínez ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 17.40CET

Persistent Spain find late solution

Spain 1-0 Finland
The hosts had to be patient but Míchel's 79th-minute goal extended their winning start in Group 4 and lifted them into second spot.

Spain had to be patient as they sought to maintain their perfect record in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4, Míchel eventually finding a way past Finland with eleven minutes remaining to lift his side up to second.

Hradecky saves
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro's troops had fired six goals in their two previous outings but they struggled to register against their visitors in Cordoba. Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky kept them at bay more than once, saving a Diego Capel free-kick with 24 minutes gone and denying Daniel Parejo from another set-piece three minutes after the break. Aside from a Teemu Pukki effort put wide six minutes before the interval, all the danger was being created at one end, and Finland's troubles increased when Ville Nikkari had to be replaced due to injury in first-half added time.

Capel cross
Spain continued to go close with Javi Martínez spurning a great opportunity on 51 minutes and Hradecky keeping out an Adrián López header on the hour mark, before Victor Laguardia Cisneros had a goal ruled out for offside. The hosts kept probing, however, and eventually struck when Míchel nodded in a cross from Capel, which had been given the deftest of flicks by Adrián López. The win took Spain above Poland thanks to their head-to-head record, with the second-placed team having played two games fewer. Finland lie fourth, six points behind their conquerors.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2011/matches/round=2000006/match=2000101/postmatch/report/index.html#persistent+spain+find+late+solution

Lineups

Spain

Spain

Finland

Finland

1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
2
NikkariVille Nikkari
Substitution45+1
3
CanellaRoberto Canella
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
Yellow Card89
4
KikoKiko
4
ToivioJoona Toivio (C)
5
Victor LaguardiaVictor Laguardia
5
ArajuuriPaulus Arajuuri
Yellow Card58
6
GullónMarcos Gullón
Substitution59
6
KaukoJoni Kauko
7
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
7
MannströmSebastian Mannström
Substitution81
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez (C)
8
KolehmainenToni Kolehmainen
9
JoselúJoselú
Substitution46
9
HjelmJonne Hjelm
10
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution85
18
M. OjalaMika Ojala
Yellow Card69
11
CapelDiego Capel
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution72

Substitutes

13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
12
LehtovaaraJukka Lehtovaara (GK)
12
FontàsAndreu Fontàs
10
MattilaSakari Mattila
14
MíchelMíchel
Substitution59
Goal79
11
PelvasAkseli Pelvas
Substitution81
15
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
13
AaltoHenri Aalto
16
MéridaFran Mérida
Substitution85
14
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
Substitution45+1
17
Omar RamosOmar Ramos
15
TanskaJani Tanska
18
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution46
17
KangaskolkkaAleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution72
Yellow Card74

Coach

Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (ESP) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Assistant referees

Zurab Jvaridze (GEO), Guram Chigogidze (GEO)

Fourth official

Davit Kharitonashvili (GEO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.