International Matches - Under 21

Spain 7 - Bulgaria 1

Spain: Víctor Valdés; Miñambres (Angel 66'), Pablo, Rubén, Asier Del Horno (Antonio López 60'); Arzu, Xabi Alonso (Corona 46'); Julio Alvarez (Arriaga 46'), Jorge, Riera; Portillo (Rubén Castro 46'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 03. Portillo. Following up after keeper failed to hold on to long shot.
2-0. 16. Riera. Free kick from right of area which took a deflection off a defender.
3-0. 36. Portillo. Ran on to Alonso pass to control ball and shoot into empty net.
3-1. 48. Mladenov. Ran on to Gargarov long ball to shoot past Valdés.
4-1. 63. Rubén Castro. Following up after Corona shot came off bar and keeper.
5-1. 80. Rubén Castro. Header on far post following cross from Arriaga.
6-1.81. Todorov (own goal). Turned ball past Sterev trying to stop Castro cross.
7-1. 89. Jorge. Beat offside trap to run on and round keeper to score.

The Spanish under 21 team demolished a poor Bulgaria side, running out 7-1 winners in this friendly match in Gaudix. Co-managers Santiesteban and Ufarte used the occasion to try out some new men, although with the exception of Reyes and Fernando Torres, most of their first choice players at least had a run out as well. Portillo took his chance in the absence of his strike colleagues to open the scoring with only three minutes gone, and Riera added a second with a free kick which the keeper should have saved despite a deflection. A defensive mix up allowed Portillo to score again before the break, but he was denied a chance of a hat-trick when he was one of three players replaced at half time.

Bulgaria did get one back after the restart through Mladenov after Rubén failed to cut out Gargarov's long ball, but it was not long before the new striker Rubén Castro got his name on the scoresheet, following up after a powerful shot from Corona bounced off the bar and hit Sterev before rolling free. Castro missed a complete sitter minutes later, but he did get a second goal after that when Arriaga found his head with a floated cross. The defence was in tatters, and a minute later Todorov slid the ball past his own keeper trying to stop Castro's cross from reaching a team mate. The unfortunate Sterev was substituted after Jorge hit the post, but the Atlético forward did better against his replacement Uzunov, running on in the last minute to round him unchallenged to make it seven.