International Matches - Under 21

Spain 1 - England 0

Spain: Riesgo (Rubén 74'); Sergio Ramos, Jarque (Melli 46'), Carlos García (Ramis 61'), Peña; Zapater (Cesc 46'), Gabi (Vitolo 46'); Cazorla (Jesús Navas 46'), Iniesta, Xabi Prieto (Héctor Font 61'); Sergio García (Arizmendi 61'). 4-2-3-1.
England: Carson (Camp 46'); Johnson, Hunt (Ridgewell 79'), Dawson (Davenport 79'), Harding (Watson 46'); Whittingham, Milner (Downing 60'), Ambrose (Routledge 60'), Hoyte; Cole, Bent. 4-4-2.

1-0. 62. Cesc. Got on end of Iniesta's wide free kick to guide ball back past keeper.

Alcalá de Henares. A goal from half time substitute Cesc Fábregas was enough to give Spain a 1-0 victory over England in this under 21 friendly international. Iñaki Sáez stuck to the group of players he had relied upon in earlier matches, only calling up Barça keeper Rubén and later on Mallorca defender Ramis to replace the injured Moyà and Murillo.

It was a fairly dull first half, with Spain controlling the ball but unable to make much inroad on Carson's goal. A Cazorla header wide from Iniesta's free kick was all the had to show for it, and Riesgo and Carlos García had to clear away efforts from Bent and Hoyte.

There was the usual round of substitutes on and around half time, and it was one of the replacements Cesc who was to get the only goal, the Arsenal midfielder's shot from a wide Iniesta free kick almost apologetic as it entered the net. Navas and Iniesta both tested change keeper Camp later on without success, but the visitors hardly had a shot at goal all night, and when their full back Johnson was sent off twenty minutes from the end it was all over.