International Matches - Under 21

Lithuania 1 - Spain 1

Lithuania: Malinauskas; Skroblas, Majus, Mikuckis, Zaliukas; Sernas, Panka, Navikas (Tomkevicius 77'), Luksa (Kavaliauskas 82'); Maciulis; Rimkevicius (Paknys 87'). 4-4-1-1.
Spain: Riesgo; Sergio Ramos, Jarque, Murillo, Peña; Zapater (Vitolo 70'), Cesc Fábregas; Cazorla, Iniesta, Puerta (David Silva 70'); Sergio García (Soldado 80'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 25. Iniesta (penalty). After Zaliukas brought down Sergio García in area.
1-1. 50. Rimkevicius. Following up after Navikas clashed with Riesgo.

Kaunas. Spain's under 21 side could only manage another disappointing draw in Lithuania, and are now four points adrift of leaders Serbia. Iñaki Sáez made five changes to the side which drew against Belgium, giving a first cap to Zaragoza's Zapater alongside Cesc in midfield. But the youngsters took their time adapting to the conditions on a freezing cold night. Navikas hitting the bar and Riesgo having to make a fine save from Sernas as the East Europeans dominated the opening quarter of an hour. Spain went ahead though against the run of play, Iniesta ramming home a penalty kick after Sergio García was brought down by Zaliukas midway through the first half.

Lithuania could have equalised before the break when Mikuckis fired a shot just over the bar, but Sergio García missed an easy chance to extend the lead when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy after the restart. But a couple of minutes later the hosts did get the goal they were looking for when Rimkevicius beat Riesgo, the referee turning down Spain's appeals for a foul on the keeper by Navikas. Sáez brought on fresh legs, and Cazorla, Cesc and Silva all went close. But even though the home side were left with ten men for the closing minutes after after Skroblas picked up a second booking, there was no way through. With Serbia scoring nine against San Merino, Spain now have an uphill battle if they are to finish top of their group and qualify automatically for Euro 2006.