Spain qualified for the final phase of the Under-21 European Championship as the first in Group B after a hard-fought victory against the Czech Republic (2-0). On May 31, they will face the second-placed in Group D in the quarterfinals, which will be settled this Wednesday between Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland and England.
The road was filled with obstacles because Spain did not meet. Neither against Slovenia, nor against Italy, nor against the Czech Republic did he manage to create the empathy and complicity necessary to brighten the game. The national team's trip to play in the group stage of the U21 Euro Cup in Maribor and Celje was a succession of disconnected acts in search of a course of action. The burden of three games in a week with no preparation or rest margin, together with the youth of the squad, added difficulties to the mission.
Spain Under-21Álvaro Fernández, Adrià Pedrosa, Jorge Cuenca, Hugo Guillamón, Pipa, Jon Moncayola, Gonzalo Villar (Alejandro Pozo, min. 72), Manuel Garcia (Ricard Puig, min. 81), Abel Ruiz (Dani Gómez, min. 64), Javi Puado (Fran Beltrán, min. 72) and Ander Barrenetxea ( Yeremi Pino, min. 80) R. Czech Under-21 Martin Jedlicka, Michal Fukala, Ladislav Krejci II, Michal Sadilek, Matej Chalus, Pavel Bucha (Dominik Janosek, min. 92), Adam Karabec, Antonin Vanicek, Pavel Sulc, Filip Havelka and Ondrej Lingr Goals1-0 min. 68: Dani Gómez. 2-0 min. 77: Dani Gómez. Yellow cards Antonin Vanicek (min. 17), Ander Barrenetxea (min. 58), Ladislav Krejci II (min. 71), Matej Chalus (min. 73), Ondrej Lingr (min. 74) and Manuel Garcia ( min. 79)
Without Cucurella due to rest or Zubimendi due to injury, the last game, the decisive one, was a journey without a rudder. Depleted by a blow to the ribs, little Zubimendi stayed on the bench and Moncayola, a Navarrese oak that acted as the axis in the strictest sense of the term, stood at the bosun's post. He nailed the midfielder and ordered the ball out so that no one gave it to him. Sometimes because Karabec, Bucha and Lingr covered him, and others because he did not offer himself on time. As the team did not resort to a more elaborate alternative, the Spanish center-backs, the team's true engine, ended up throwing long to their sides, if not the nine , Abel Ruiz. The consequence was inexorable: the interiors, Gonzalo Villar and Manu García, intervened with difficulty and for more than an hour the reigning champion of the tournament lost control of the match while in the other Italy Group match she placed first scoring goals (4-0 ) in Slovenia's goal
Spain's qualification was in the air for a long time. The Czechs did a serious job. They did not need more to deactivate the poor maneuvers of La Rojita , barely sustained by the profession of his players. Especially from an insurmountable Guillamón in his line with Cuenca, a Manu García determined to get the convoy on track, and an unrepentant Barrenetxea who did not stop fabricating hand-to-hand situations against rivals who ended up exhausted from their feints. The delivery of the end of the Royal Society took its fruit after the hour of the game, when Guillamón enabled it with a flat shipment to space. The measured center of Barrenetxea was exploited to a touch by Dani Gómez, who entered the second half to become the liquidator.
Ten minutes after the 1-0, Dani Gómez exploded again with a left foot a play by Barre netxea and a service of Manu García. The madridista turned on himself and struck down the goalkeeper for his near post, without an angle, without time. It was a predator goal. Luis de la Fuente's bench greeted the 2-0 with a festival of hugs. The technicians know that the best of this week were the scores and the classification.
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