SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: EUROPEAN U 21 2010 | FINLAND 1 SPAIN 1 | SERIOUS STUMBLE

EUROPEAN U 21 2010 | FINLAND 1 SPAIN 1 | SERIOUS STUMBLE

The Spanish U21 National Team suffered a serious setback this afternoon when they only managed a 1-1 draw away to Finland. The Spanish U-21 Team will now need to win their last 2 remaining games & see whether other teams stumble. The objective was to gain a place in the 2011 European Championships to be held in Denmark, platform that gives access to the London Olympic Games. Group 4 leader Holland has the top spot in the “bag” with 21 points & Spain who is second with 13 points win play Holland & Poland, & later hope to secure the second place pass by seeing if the other second placed teams in the other various groups are weaker placed.

Spain was surprised very early by a “defensive lapse” in the 8th min when Kauko scored for Finland. From here Spain played stronger & reacted to win a penalty in the 31st min which Bojan scored to equalize.

From here Finland went into “defensive mode” & Spain dominated looking for the winner but Finnish goalkeeper Hradecky was the “star” stopping numerous occasions & assuring the 3 points for his side.

Spain will travel back home disappointed & now have it all uphill.

DETAILS:

Finland 1: Hradecky; Raitala, Jhani Ojala, Tanska, Sumusalo, Hjelm (Schuller, min.60), Riski, Kauko, Mannstrom (Pelvas, min. 90), Kolehmainen & Pukki (Kangaskolka, min.71).

Spain 1: De Gea; Azpilicueta, Botía (Mikel San José, min. 54), Domínguez, Canella; Javi Martínez, Dani Parejo; Jefrén, Fran Mérida (Ander Herrera, min. 46), Diego Capel (Adrián López, min. 80); & Bojan.

Goals: 1-0. Min. 8. Kauko. Min. 31. Bojan, penalty.

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