Canales strikes late to send Spain through

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.00CET
Poland 0-1 Spain
Sergio Canales came off the bench and scored a late winner which booked Spain a play-off berth as one of the best runners-up.

by Daniel Olkowicz
from Groclin Dyskobolia
Canales strikes late to send Spain through
Teenager Sergio Canales hit Spain's late winner ©sportsfile
 

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PolandSpain

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts0
6
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners1
 
8
Fouls committed15
 
6

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Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.00CET

Canales strikes late to send Spain through

Poland 0-1 Spain
Sergio Canales came off the bench and scored a late winner which booked Spain a play-off berth as one of the best runners-up.

Real Madrid CF youngster Sergio Canales booked Spain a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with a cleverly worked set-piece winner against Poland.

Canales emerged from the bench at the start of the second half and secured the three points for Luis Milla's side with five minutes remaining when Thiago Alcántara, after feigning a shot, lifted a free-kick over the wall for the 19-year-old to strike his second goal in as many games. Canales had been on target in Spain's 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands, winners of Group 4, on Thursday and these successive victories left Milla's team with 19 points from eight matches, securing their place in Friday's draw as one of the four best runners-up.

After a quiet first half, Spain stepped up a gear following Canales's introduction for Daniel Parejo. They had chances to score before the late breakthrough but Poland goalkeeper Michał Gliwa made a series of fine saves to foil Bojan Krkić, captain Javi Martínez and Juan Mata during a spell of pressure before and after the hour-mark. Poland's defeat was their fifth and forced them to settle for fourth place with only Liechtenstein beneath them.

Milla said: "It was a difficult match because we knew Poland can play at a good level. We created many chances but failed to score. I trusted the players until the last few minutes and they proved they can win."

Last updated: 08/09/10 16.11CET

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Poland

Poland

Spain

Spain

1Michał Gliwa (GK) (C)1David de Gea (GK)
2Tadeusz Socha2César Azpilicueta
Yellow Card65'
3Michal Plotka3Roberto Canella
Substitution83'
4Adam Marciniak
Yellow Card29'
4Alberto Botía
5Mateusz Siebert5Victor Ruiz
6Maciej Makuszewski
Substitution83'
6Javi Martínez (C)
7Tomasz Kupisz7Thiago Alcántara
8Marcin Pietrowski8Daniel Parejo
Substitution46'
9Kamil Pozniak
Substitution57'
9Bojan Krkić
10Artur Sobiech
Substitution78'
10Juan Mata
11Ariel Borysiuk
Yellow Card31'
11Diego Capel
Substitution60'

Substitutes

12Marek Koziol (GK)13Rubén Miño (GK)
13Tomasz Chalas
Substitution78'
12Raul Goni
14Kamil Wilczek
Substitution57'
14Rubén Pérez
15Adrian Basta15Sergio Canales
Substitution46'
Goal85'
16Marcin Wodecki
Substitution83'
16Ander Herrera
Substitution83'
17Norbert Jedrzejczyk17Adrián López
Substitution60'
18Piotr Grzelczak18Emilio Nsue

Coach

Andrzej Zamilski (POL) Luis Milla (ESP)

Referee

Georgios Daloukas (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Dimitrios Kalopoulos (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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