International Matches - Under 21

Spain 2 - Belgium 2

Spain: Moyà; Sergio Ramos, Jarque, Murillo, Peña; Gabi (Cesc Fábregas 60'), Vitolo (Soldado 60'); Juanfran (Cazorla 74'), Iniesta, David Silva; Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Belgium: Proto; Vanaudenaerde, Lombaerts, Baratto, Monteyne; Haroun, Colient, Vandenbergh, Messoudi (Verbauwhede 69'); De Cuelaer (Ciman 88'), Martens (De Smet 92'). 4-4-2.

0-1. 62. De Cuelaer. Picked up loose ball on right and struck shot across keeper.
1-1. 66. Cesc. Struck quickly taken free kick which caught defence off guard.
1-2. 79. Martens. Low shot on the follow up after Vandenbergh effort blocked.
2-2. 83. Cazorla. Shot low across keeper after Sergio García tackled.

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Muriedas. Spain's under 21 side struggled against Belgium in their second Euro 2006 qualifying match in Cantabria, and in the end were fortunate to come away with a point. It was an untidy and at times ugly game, with all four goals coming in the second half. Iñaki Sáez's side started well, with Sergio García failing to beat keeper Proto after Iniesta put him through early on, but after that the Belgians held their own, and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Murillo brought down Vanderbergh just before the break.

Belgium took the lead on the hour mark though when De Cuelaer beat Moya, the ball falling kindly to him after substitute Cesc Fábregas tackled Messoudi. But only three minutes later Fábregas equalised from a quickly taken free kick which caught the defence off guard, keeper Proto getting himself sent off for protesting too strongly to the referee as the entire team and coaching staff surrounded the officials to complain.

Sáez had already made two attacking changes, and he brought on Cazorla as his side went looking for a win. But they were caught out once again when Moyà took a quick goal kick without seeing Vanderbergh lurking on the edge of the area, and although Jarque got back to block the striker's effort, Martens drilled the ball into the net on the follow up.

Luckily for Spain though, Cazorla saved the day with another sloppy goal, Sergio García's pass being cut out by a defender but the rebound landing at the feet of the Villarreal winger who shot low past substitute keeper Verbauwhede. The result leaves both sides on four points, two behind group leaders Serbia. Spain have a chance to top the group though when they play Lithuania next Tuesday.