SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: EURO U - 21 CHAMPIONSHIP | SPAIN 1 ENGLAND 1 | SPAIN STARTS COLD

EURO U - 21 CHAMPIONSHIP | SPAIN 1 ENGLAND 1 | SPAIN STARTS COLD

SPAIN started its EUROPEAN U-21 CHAMPIONSHIPS campaign cold & not "greased" with a 1 - 1 draw against ENGLAND. A disappointing result that saw the SPANISH FOOTBALL NATIONAL U-21 TEAM touch the ball well all match, but lacked depth & was without any  goal instinct upfront. The Spaniards need a goal area "killer" to finish their build ups & plays off & tonight no one was there to do the job. A missing element in the machine that made Spain play dearly in the end.

Spain u-21 Football
Ander Herrera "goal"

The goal for Spain came in the 27th min from a set piece that saw Captain Javi Martinez header into the path of ANDER HERRERA who scored. The goal was given under controversial circumstances as it looked as if Herrera knocked the ball in with his hand. The image certainly gives rise to the doubt as it seems that it was indeed a handball.

From here on, England made timid signs of danger, but it was Spain that dominated with the ball. This featured was carried through most of the second half until England counter-attacked & caught off guard the Spanish defence late in the game. English player WALBECK found himself in front of Spanish goalie De Gea in the 87th min & scored the equalizer to pour a "bucket of cold water" over the Spaniards. Some claimed the goal was given when England was off-side, but given that Spain got ahead in a doubtful fashion,  justice was perhaps done.

Spain watched till the end how they let slip through their fingers the victory which now "complicates" somewhat the rest of the group for them as they MUST win the Czech Rep next Wednesday in their next group match. Spain will go into that game with pressure & nerves & that always makes the outcome difficult to predict.

Earlier, the Czech Rep defeated the Ukraine 2 - 1 to now lead the group in Top postion.

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