International Matches - Under 21

Eire 2 - Spain 1

Eire: Redmond (Henderson 46'); Coleman (Carey 53'), Nolan, Dennehy, Moloney; Judge (Fagan 73'), Meyler, Gleeson (O'Toole 73'), Garvan, O'Shea; Sheridan. 4-5-1.
Spain: Rubén Miño; Azpilicueta, Kiko, San José, Cote; Camacho (Míchel 72'), Marc Crosas (Edu Bedía 60'); Jeffrén (Aarón 72'), Dani Parejo, Jordi Alba; Iván Bolado (Emilio N'sue 72'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 37. O'Shea.
2-0. 56. Judge.
2-1. 61. Iván Bolado.

Spain's new crop of under 21 players lost this friendly match against a more organized Irish side. López Caro gave first outings at this level to Rubén, Kiko, Cote, Crosas and Bolado with a view to putting together a squad for next season's European qualifiers. And although Jeffrén tested Redmond early on, O'Shea opened the scoring for the home side after Rubén's clearance from a wide free kick came back off a defender.

The local keeper was in action to save from Dani Parejo and Jeffrén before the break, and his half-time replacement Henderson kept out Bolado soon after the restart. Judge made it two though after Garvan stepped over a cross from the wing, and although Bolado picked up a rebound to get one back a few minutes later, only a header by N'Sue from Alba's cross caused any further problems for the local defence after that.