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Vermaelen sends Belgium through

Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 17.33CET
Belgium 1-0 Spain A Thomas Vermaelen goal sealed Beglium's place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs as Group 7 winners.
by Berend Scholten
Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 17.33CET

Vermaelen sends Belgium through

Belgium 1-0 Spain A Thomas Vermaelen goal sealed Beglium's place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs as Group 7 winners.

Belgium sealed their place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs thanks to a Thomas Vermaelen goal in their Group 7 game against Spain.

Timid start
The Belgian team featured a trio of Club Brugge KV stars in goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede, defender Jason Vandelannoite and attacker Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo, but despite all that UEFA Champions League experience, Jean-François de Sart's side looked fairly subdued in the opening stages of the game against an impressive Spanish side.

Vermaelen strikes
However, as the game progressed, the Belgians began to take more risks and it was AFC Ajax defender Vermaelen who scored the all-important goal after 64 minutes. The win means that they cannot now be denied a play-off place, regardless of the result of their final game against Lithuania in Kaunas next Tuesday.

Spanish position
Spain, meanwhile, have to win their final game away against San Marino and hope that Serbia and Montenegro fail to claim three points in their final home game against Bosnia-Herzegovina if they are to take the runners-up slot and progress to the knockout stage.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.03CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Spain

Spain

1
VerbauwhedeGlenn Verbauwhede (GK)
13
RiesgoAsier Riesgo (GK)
2
VandelannoiteJason Vandelannoite
2
MelliMelli
Substitution76
3
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
Goal64
3
GarridoJavier Garrido
4
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
4
MurilloAnder Murillo (C)
5
P-J.MonteynePieter-Jan Monteyne
5
JarqueDaniel Jarque
Yellow Card78
6
De ManMark De Man
6
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
7
De CeulaerBenjamin De Ceulaer
Substitution78
7
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
8
HarounFaris Haroun
Substitution85
8
GabiGabi
Substitution62
9
Yulu-MatondoJeanvion Yulu-Matondo
9
KepaKepa
Substitution62
10
MartensMaarten Martens (C)
10
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
11
De SmetStijn De Smet
Substitution63
11
David SilvaDavid Silva

Substitutes

12
VerbistBram Verbist (GK)
1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
13
M.MonteyneMartyn Monteyne
12
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
14
WuytensJan Wuytens
Substitution85
14
JuanfranJuanfran
Substitution62
15
CordaroAlessandro Cordaro
15
PuertaAntonio Puerta
16
DetalThibaut Detal
Substitution63
16
Héctor FontHéctor Font
17
MatthysTim Matthys
17
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution62
18
De MulTom De Mul
Substitution78
18
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution76
Yellow Card85

Coach

Jean-François De Sart (BEL) José Ignacio Sáez (ESP)

Referee

Bruno Derrien (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christian Thoison (FRA), Jean-Paul Harribey (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution