International Matches - Under 21

Sweden 1 - Spain 1

Sweden: Erlandsson; Wahlqvist, Une Larsson, Dagerstål, Konate; Asoro, Hallberg, Olsson, Tankovic (Rakip 90’); Strandberg (Meberg-Karlsson 78’), Cibicki (Jordan Larsson 61’). 4-4-2.
Spain: Pau López; Bellerín, Jonny, Jorge Meré, Gayà; Mikel Merino, Saúl Ñíguez; Deulofeu (Santi Mina 83’), Óliver Torres, Denis Suárez; Munir (Williams 58’). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 50. Deulofeu. Ran on to Bellerín pass and turned angled shot past keeper.
1-1. 87. Saúl Ñíguez (own goal). Sliced ball past Pau López from Olsson corner.

Spain’s under 21 side could only draw 1-1 with Sweden on Monday evening, and with two games to go they stay in third spot in their group. Honours were shared in the first half, Merino and Munir bringing saves out of Erlandsson, and Une Larsson and Olsson heading free kicks over the top for the locals. However some five minutes in to the second half Deulofeu ran on to a Bellerín through ball to put Albert Celades’ side in front, and Denis Suárez, Oliver Torres and Merino all failed to covert chances in the following minutes. With six minutes to go though Pau López gave away a penalty on Asoro, and although Olsson fired his spot kick against the bar, the Scandinavians equalized a minute or so later when Saúl Ñíguez sliced Olsson’s corner past his own keeper. All is not lost however, and with Sweden and Croatia yet to play each other, victories against San Marino and Estonia would probably ensure Spain a place in the play-offs as one of the four best runners up.