International Matches - Under 21

Spain 1 – Sweden 1

Spain: Kepa; Bellerín, Jorge Meré, Jesús Vallejo, Duarte; Saúl Ñíguez, Óliver Torres; Deulofeu (Nahuel 78’), Marco Asensio (José Rodríguez 54’), Dani Ceballos; Munir (Borja Mayoral 85’). 4-2-3-1.
Sweden: Cajtoft; Wahlqvist, Lindelöf, Nilsson, Augustinsson; Tankovic (Zeneli 76’), Fransson, Hallberg; Mrabti (Ayaz 88’), Engvall, Olsson (Rakip 72’). 4-3-3.

1-0. 20. Oliver. Picked up Deulofeu pass and steered angled shot past Cajtoft.
1-1. 60. Engvall. Ran on to Tankovic through ball and turned shot wide of Kepa.

Spain’s under 21 side dropped points for the first time in their qualifying group, although they will be happy with the draw against Sweden tonight after playing almost half the match with ten men. Albert Celades’ side started well, Saúl Ñíguez heading a corner against the crossbar with only a minute on the clock, and Oliver Torres picking up a Deulofeu pass to squeeze an angled shot inside the near post some twenty minutes later. Saúl brought a good save out of Cajtoft with a long shot later in the first half, but just three minutes after the restart the Atlético Madrid midfielder got himself sent off after picking up a second booking for a late tackle on an opponent. Kepa had to save from Hallberg a couple of times soon afterwards, and on the hour mark Engvall connected with a Tankovic through ball to level the scores. The result means Spain stay in third spot, behind the Scandinavians on goal difference and two points below leaders Croatia, who they visit next month.