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Canales strikes late to send Spain through

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.00CET
Poland 0-1 Spain
Sergio Canales came off the bench and scored a late winner which booked Spain a play-off berth as one of the best runners-up.

by Daniel Olkowicz
from Groclin Dyskobolia
Canales strikes late to send Spain through
Teenager Sergio Canales hit Spain's late winner ©Sportsfile
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.00CET

Canales strikes late to send Spain through

Poland 0-1 Spain
Sergio Canales came off the bench and scored a late winner which booked Spain a play-off berth as one of the best runners-up.

Real Madrid CF youngster Sergio Canales booked Spain a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with a cleverly worked set-piece winner against Poland.

Canales emerged from the bench at the start of the second half and secured the three points for Luis Milla's side with five minutes remaining when Thiago Alcántara, after feigning a shot, lifted a free-kick over the wall for the 19-year-old to strike his second goal in as many games. Canales had been on target in Spain's 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands, winners of Group 4, on Thursday and these successive victories left Milla's team with 19 points from eight matches, securing their place in Friday's draw as one of the four best runners-up.

After a quiet first half, Spain stepped up a gear following Canales's introduction for Daniel Parejo. They had chances to score before the late breakthrough but Poland goalkeeper Michał Gliwa made a series of fine saves to foil Bojan Krkić, captain Javi Martínez and Juan Mata during a spell of pressure before and after the hour-mark. Poland's defeat was their fifth and forced them to settle for fourth place with only Liechtenstein beneath them.

Milla said: "It was a difficult match because we knew Poland can play at a good level. We created many chances but failed to score. I trusted the players until the last few minutes and they proved they can win."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.40CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Spain

Spain

1
GliwaMichał Gliwa (GK) (C)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
SochaTadeusz Socha
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
Yellow Card65
3
PlotkaMichal Plotka
3
CanellaRoberto Canella
Substitution83
4
MarciniakAdam Marciniak
Yellow Card29
4
BotíaAlberto Botía
5
SiebertMateusz Siebert
5
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
6
MakuszewskiMaciej Makuszewski
Substitution83
6
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez (C)
7
KupiszTomasz Kupisz
7
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
8
PietrowskiMarcin Pietrowski
8
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution46
9
PozniakKamil Pozniak
Substitution57
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
10
SobiechArtur Sobiech
Substitution78
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
11
BorysiukAriel Borysiuk
Yellow Card31
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
KoziolMarek Koziol (GK)
13
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
13
ChalasTomasz Chalas
Substitution78
12
Raul GoniRaul Goni
14
WilczekKamil Wilczek
Substitution57
14
Rubén PérezRubén Pérez
15
BastaAdrian Basta
15
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution46
Goal85
16
WodeckiMarcin Wodecki
Substitution83
16
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Substitution83
17
JedrzejczykNorbert Jedrzejczyk
17
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution60
18
GrzelczakPiotr Grzelczak
18
NsueEmilio Nsue

Coach

Andrzej Zamilski (POL) Luis Milla (ESP)

Referee

Georgios Daloukas (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Dimitrios Kalopoulos (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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