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.


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