Spain secure top spot

A review of Wednesday's action in the European Under-21 Championship, including wins for Spain and Germany.

Last Updated: 12/06/13 at 21:01 Post Comment

Spain celebrate during their victory over Holland

Spain celebrate during their victory over Holland

Spain secured top-spot in European U21 Championship Group B with a comfortable 3-0 win over Holland - although both sides had already booked their places in the semi-finals.

Alvaro Morata, Isco and Alvaro Vazquez were all on target as Spain booked a last four clash with Norway.

Holland, who made 11 changes to their side, will now face Italy on Saturday in the other semi-final match.

Morata, who had scored from the bench in Spain's previous two games, opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark.

The Real Madrid forward tapped home from close range after Isco's through ball came back off Mike van der Hoorn and into the path of Pablo Sarabia, who found Morata.

Van der Hoorn then missed a glaring chance to level matters, when Memphis Depay's free-kick fell to his feet - but he could not beat David De Gea from close-range.

Then it was not long before Spain doubled their lead as Isco latched onto Iker Muniain's through ball and lifted the ball brilliantly over Marco Bizot.

Into the second-half and Holland came close with De Gea in good form, saving well from Depay and Adam Maher, before Danny Hoesen hit the crossbar.

Into the final minute and Spain wrapped up victory as Vazquez stuck, which maintained their remarkable 24-match unbeaten run at this level.

In Wednesday's other match, which was effectively a dead rubber, Germany claimed a 2-1 victory over Russia to finish third in the group.

Germany had to come from behind in Netanya, but goals either side of the break from Patrick Herrmann and Sebastian Rudy secured them victory.

The opening goal came Russia's way on 22-minutes when Alan Dzagoev fired home. Germany's clumsy defending saw them fail to clear and after an exchange of passes with Shota Bibilov - Dzagoev, a full international, found the back of the net.

Germany pushed on and had a couple of good chances to level, but Kevin Volland could not find the target.

Volland then turned creator when he broke down the flank on 34 minutes and crossed for Patrick Herrmann level.

Then the game swung in Germany's favour, and for a second successive match, Russia found themselves reduced to 10 men when Georgi Schennikov received his marching orders for fouling Tony Jantschke.

Russia coped well with 10 men although Germany created chances through Herrmann and Sebastian Polter, before Denis Cheryshev fired just over.

Then Germany went ahead on 69 minutes via the penalty spot as Taras Burlak brought down the impressive Herrmann. Second-half substitute Sebastian Rudy stepped up to convert.

Russia came close to an equaliser when Fedor Smolov fired against the post, but they could not find a leveller as they departed the tournament with the same record as England with three defeats.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Manchester City agree £14m fee with Roma for Edin Dzeko

Sky sources understand Manchester City have agreed a £14m fee with Roma for striker Edin Dzeko.

Angel Di Maria is 'very happy' to join PSG from Manchester United

Angel Di Maria's move to PSG from Manchester United looks set to go through after he expressed happiness at the deal.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe says he needs more end product

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe says he must be looking contribute a goal or assist in every game he plays.

Mail Box

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

Is Jack Wilshere The New Diaby?

This was supposed to be his season but he is already injured. We have mails on Chelsea, TV football, why Raheem Sterling is worth more than ADM and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company