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Ten goals not enough for Spain

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 19.18CET
San Marino 1-10 Spain Spain "can look to the future with optimism" despite missing out on the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

Match statistics

San MarinoSpain

Goals scored1
 
10
Attempts on target1
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 7: ESP-BEL-SCG-BIH-LTU-SMR

PPts
Belgium Belgium1024
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro1022
Spain Spain1020
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina1010
Lithuania Lithuania1010
San Marino San Marino100

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 19.18CET

Ten goals not enough for Spain

San Marino 1-10 Spain Spain "can look to the future with optimism" despite missing out on the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

Two-time UEFA European Under-21 Championships winners Spain saw their hopes of securing a third crown ended, despite securing a 10-1 win against Group 7 minnows San Marino in Serravalle.

No luck
Iñaki Sáez's side needed Serbia and Montenegro to drop points in their final qualifier to have any hope of stealing second place in the group, and a place in the play-offs for next year's finals, but a 5-1 win for the former Yugoslav republic against Bosnia-Herzegovina made Spain's victory irrelevant.

Two hat-tricks
Spain had put San Marino to the sword, with Fernando Llorente and Roberto Soldado both scoring hat-tricks, Silva scoring twice and Davide Simoncini scoring an own goal after Andrés Iniesta had opened their account with a ninth-minute penalty. Matteo Valli's goal was the Sammarinese's sole response.

Sáez aggrieved
None the less, former senior team coach Sáez was left to rue his side's earlier 1-0 defeats in Serbia and Montenegro and group winners Belgium, saying: "We have lost a great opportunity - not today, when we worked hard and did some good things, but when we failed in those two key games."

Villár supportive
Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villár refused to be too downhearted, adding: "We have had a lot of success [at youth level] but as in all things we have good times and bad but we are still full of hope because Spain have a great production line and we can look to the future with optimism."

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.02CET

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