International Matches - Under 21

Holland 0 - Spain 3

Spain: Reina; Miñambres, Rubén, Tortolero, Del Horno; Julio Alvarez, Xabi Alonso, Arteta, Raúl Bravo; Fernando Torres, Dani. 4-4-2.

Substitutes: Albiol 46', Corona 46', Robles 46', Jorge 60', Riera 60', Víctor 73', Borja 73'.

0-1. 19. Del Horno. Headed wide of keeper from Arteta's corner.
0-2. 36. Arteta. Shot from outside of area which beat Stekelenburg.
0-3. 85. Corona. Picked up bad clearance by Coutinho to score.

Spain ran out easy winners against Holland in this friendly international played in Roosendaal. This was the second match with the new crop of young players, and Iñaki Sáez's side fared much better than in the draw against Andorra. With his side failing to qualify for this summer's European championship in Switzerland, Sáez is building for the 2004 edition, and he drafted in young strikers Fernando Torres from Atlético and Dani from Betis for their first appearances at this level. Sevilla's Reyes and Valladolid's Mario both dropped out through injury, which meant that Riera (Mallorca) and Borja (Real Madrid) were brought in at the last minute. The inclusion of Borja meant that the entire Real Madrid B back four were in the squad.

Spain were on top right from the start, and it was no surprise when Asier Del Horno headed the opening goal from Arteta's corner. The young midfielder, who is on loan from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain, added a second himself ten minutes before the interval with a shot from outside of the area, and with the two front men causing havoc with their pace Holland were lucky to go in at the break only two down. Sáez brought on three new players at half time, including Corona who played well but missed a penalty a quarter of an hour in to the second half after Torres was brought down by substitute keeper Coutinho. However the Zaragoza midfielder made up for his miss with a third goal five minutes before the end.