International Matches - Under 21

Spain 3 - Germany 1

Spain: Reina; Angel, Mario (Murillo 77'), Pablo, Del Horno; Arzu (Robles 63'), Arteta (Corona 75'); Julio Alvarez, Reyes, Riera (Jorge 46'); Fernando Torres (Portillo 67'). 4-2-3-1.
Germany: Starke (Heimerot 46'); Afriye (Hinkel 27'), Franz (Preuv 80'), Schlicke, Achenbach; Feuhler (Broich 55'), Tiffer, Hitzlsperger, Gemeti (Vorbeck 87'); Kuranyi (Mikolajczak 87'), Auer. 4-4-2.

0-1. 06. Auer. Headed a left sided Feuhler free kick down past Reina.
1-1. 12. Reyes. Collected Torres pass and turned Franz before beating Starke.
2-1. 16. Riera. Ran on to Reyes through ball to shoot low past keeper.
3-1. 25. Julio Alvarez (penalty). After Franz tripped Del Horno inside area.

Spain beat Germany 3-1 in this friendly international, which was played in Sa Polbla in Mallorca. Juan Santiestan was missing Real Madrid defenders Rubén and Miñambres and Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Alonso, all of whom pulled out with injuries, but even so he lined up with a side containing ten first division players. Once again Reyes and Fernando Torres led the attack, and the two were in action right from the first minute when Torres had a goal disallowed for a borderline offside after keeper Starke could only push out a Reyes shot. Germany went in front though five minutes later when Auer headed home a Feuhler free kick, but Torres set up Reyes a few minutes later for him to turn past Franz and place a shot wide of Starke for the equaliser. On the quarter hour mark Riera ran on to a Reyes through ball to beat Afriye and shoot past the keeper to make it two, and later in the half Julio Alvarez converted a penalty after Franz brought down Asier Del Horno in the area.

German manager Jurgen Kohler took off right back Afriye on the half hour mark and replaced his keeper at the break, and with some hard tackling they were able to smother any further threat. Riera had to leave the game at half time with a suspected broken hand, and after that the game lost it's momentum. Tiffer hit the bar with a long shot, but otherwise there were no further scoring chances as both managers made numerous substitutions. Athletic Bilbao's Murillo made his first appearance at under 21 level, replacing the injured Mario, but himself picked up an injury, although with all outfield substitutes already on the park he eventually came back on. Mallorca substitute Robles was sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence, and he was closely followed by Mikolajczak, who was given a red card only minutes after coming on, reportedly for spitting at Angel.