International Matches - Under 21

Spain 5 - Armenia 0

Spain: Reina; Miñambres (Antonio López 68'), Pablo, Dani Tortolero, Asier Del Horno; Arriaga, Arteta, Xabi Alonso (Corona 65'), Riera; Portillo, Reyes (Jorge 63'). 4-4-2.

Armenia: Apoula; Aleksanyan, A. Petrosyan, V. Hovhannissyan, Kirakosyan; Lombe (Hovhannissyan 67'), Pachaiyan (Melkonyan 55'), Meloyan, Grigoryan, Muradyan (Sargsyan 87'); G. Petrosyan. 4-5-1.

1-0. 24. Arteta (penalty). After Muradyan handled ball in the area.
2-0. 45. Portillo (penalty). After Aleksanyan fouled Reyes.
3-0. 58. Portillo. Close range header from Arriaga's cross.
4-0. 67. A. Petrosyan (own goal). Headed past keeper after Corona ball in.
5-0. 86. Aleksanyan (own goal). Diving header into own net from Jorge cross.

Group 6 table:
Greece............ Played 4, points:10
Spain............... Played 4, points: 7
Ukraine............ Played 4, points: 4
Armenia........... Played 4, points: 4
N. Ireland......... Played 4, points: 1

Zamora. Spain's under 21 side got their European (and Olympic) qualifying campaign back on track with a five goal victory over Armenia in Zamora. Manager Juan Santiesteban drafted in Portillo and Pablo for the suspended Rubén and Fernando Torres, and with Mario and Arzu both injured Dani Tortolero and Aganzo were called in to the squad. Arteta also returned after a one match ban, and he opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Muradyan handled in the area. Before half time the Armenian defence had given away another spot kick when Reyes was fouled in the area, and this time Portillo converted the penalty.

The Real Madrid striker got his second of the night from Arriaga's cross a quarter of an hour in to the second half, and was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick late in the game when the Macedonian referee disallowed his strike for a dubious offside. He didn't have to do anything much though as the East Europeans had already contributed further to their own downfall, Petrosyan and Aleksyan both heading past their own keeper for the final 5-0 result. Spain move up to second in group six, but are still three points behind Greece who beat Northern Ireland 2-6 in the other group match tonight. The two sides meet in Spain in their next match on 6th June, a must win situation for Santiesteban's boys.