Spain: De Gea; Montoya, Marc Bartra,
Iñigo Martínez, Alberto Moreno; Illarramendi, Koke; Isco (Sarabia
89'), Thiago, Tello (Muniain 74'); Rodrigo (Morata 59'). 4-2-3-1.
Norway: Nyland Haskjold; Elabdellaoui, Semb Berge, Strandberg, Hedenstad; Henriksen, Johansen (Berisha 80'), Eikrem (Nordtveit 75'); Berget, Pedersen, King (Nielsen 46'). 4-3-3.
1-0. 45. Rodrigo. Turned shot past Nyland after Bartra headed ball up in area.
2-0. 87. Isco. Picked up Morata centre and cut in to poke shot past keeper.
3-0. 93. Morata. Beat Nyland from wide angle after keeper saved first shot.
Spain will be defending their under 21 European title after beating Norway 3-0 in the first semi-final. Lopetegui's side had all the play in the first half, but keeper Nyland Haskjold made a string of great saves from Isco, Moreno, Illaramendi and Tello, and when Rodrigo did beat him his shot hit the foot of the post. With the half time whistle approaching though Rodrigo finally found the way through, turning the ball past the keeper after Bartra headed the ball up following a corner. However the going got tougher after the restart, and the Scandinavians came close to scoring, in particular through captain Strandberg following a couple of dead-ball kicks. But with three minutes to go super-sub Morata crossed in for Isco to make himself space and poke a shot in to the far corner of the net, and with the game in time added on Morata helped himself to his fourth goal of the tournament, squeezing a shot between Nyland and a defender from a tight angle after the keeper had saved his first effort. Spain's rivals in the final will be either Italy or Holland, but having beaten both teams recently, and not having let in a single goal to date, it is hard seeing anybody deprive them of another trophy to add to their bulging cabinet.