Spain eke out slender advantage

Published: Saturday 9 October 2010, 23.30CET
Spain 2-1 Croatia
Adrián and Mikel San José struck the goals for Spain in Burgos, but Croatia will feel they remain very much in this play-off tie.
Spain eke out slender advantage
Luis Milla (right) will be hoping his team can finish the job in Varazdin on Tuesday ©sportsfile
 

Match statistics

SpainCroatia

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners9
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
12

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Published: Saturday 9 October 2010, 23.30CET

Spain eke out slender advantage

Spain 2-1 Croatia
Adrián and Mikel San José struck the goals for Spain in Burgos, but Croatia will feel they remain very much in this play-off tie.

Spain will take a narrow advantage over Croatia into Tuesday's UEFA European Under 21 Championship play-off decider after goals from Adrián and Mikel San José edged out Dejan Školnik's first-half leveller.

Luis Milla's charges were deprived of injured trio Javi Martínez, Ander Herrera and Diego Capel for the encounter in Burgos, but La Roja made light of those absences by taking a 21st-minute lead through Adrián. The visitors equalised almost immediately, yet conceded again when San José restored Spain's lead three minutes before the break.

Thiago Alcántara was the architect of the home side's opener as his sublime through pass was given a cool finish by Adrián. That strike was cancelled out a minute later, however, when David de Gea pushed a Nikola Kalinić shot straight into the path of Školnik, allowing him to slot the ball into an empty net.

San José volleyed just wide from a Bojan Krkić corner as Spain went looking for a second goal, and they steadily built pressure on their opponents. Their dominance finally paid off as half-time approached, with San José given too much time and space to head in Daniel Parejo's corner.

The hosts continued to see more of the ball after the restart, yet they needed to remain wary of dangerous frontman Kalinić, and it took an intervention from substitute Victor Ruiz to break up a threatening move as Dražen Ladić's men looked ready to forge a way through. At the other end, Juan Mata burst through and perhaps ought to have offered his side a healthier first-leg advantage, only to hook wide and leave the contest in the balance ahead of Tuesday's return encounter in Varazdin.

Last updated: 09/10/10 23.46CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Croatia

Croatia

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
1
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
2
VidaDomagoj Vida (C)
Yellow Card57'
Substitution90+1
3
José Angel Valdés José Angel Valdés
Substitution46'
3
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
Yellow Card58'
4
San JoséMikel San José
Goal42'
4
AdemiArijan Ademi
5
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
5
PunčecRoberto Punčec
6
Rubén PérezRubén Pérez
6
MaločaMario Maloča
Yellow Card60'
7
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
7
TomečakIvan Tomečak
8
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution82'
8
PalićAntun Palić
Substitution83'
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution69'
9
KalinićNikola Kalinić
Yellow Card36'
10
MataJuan Mata (C)
Yellow Card35'
10
BadeljMilan Badelj
11
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal21'
11
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
Goal22'
Yellow Card35'
Substitution73'

Substitutes

13
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
12
AntolovićMarijan Antolović (GK)
12
RuizVictor Ruiz
Substitution46'
Yellow Card65'
13
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
14
MéridaFran Mérida
14
KokalovićElvis Kokalović
15
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution82'
15
KreilachDamir Kreilach
Substitution83'
16
FontàsAndreu Fontàs
16
OzobićFilip Ozobić
17
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
Substitution69'
17
OremušMirko Oremuš
Substitution73'
18
NsueEmilio Nsue
18
VukušićAnte Vukušić
Substitution90+1

Coach

Luis Milla (ESP) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Fourth official

Roland Veizer (HUN)

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