International Matches - Under 21

Slovakia 1 – Spain 4

Slovakia: Rodak; Kruzliak, Vavro, Siplak, Hancko; Urblik, Leniak, Kacer, Cmelik (Jirka 62’); Vestenicky (Mrzaz 46’), Spalek (Cernak 81’). 4-4-2.
Spain: Unai Simón; Maffeo, Jorge Meré (Unai Nuñez 43’), Jesús Vallejo, Aarón Martín; Mikel Merino (Fabián 89’), Rodri, Dani Ceballos; Carlos Soler, Borja Mayoral, Oyarzabal (Pablo Fornals 89’). 4-3-3.

0-1. 26. Mikel Merino. Fired shot past Rodak after Oyarzabal laid ball back.
0-2. 49. Oyarzabal. Collected long Merino pass and ran on to beat keeper.
0-3. 56. Rodri. Turned ball in to net after Carlos Soler corner fell to him.
1-3. 59. Vavro. Struck free kick over defensive wall wide of Unai Simon.
1-4. 69. Dani Ceballos. Picked up Mayoral pass and fired shot past Rodak.

Yellow cards: Lesniak 16’, Vavro 20’, Unai Nuñez 56’.

Spain’s under 21 side are off to a good start again in their European qualifying group, a 1-4 victory against Slovakia giving them their second win. Oyarzabal set up Merino for the opener midway through the first half, and roles were reversed when Oyarzabal picked up Merino’s long pass to score the second a few minutes after the interval. Soon afterwards Rodri made it three following a Soler corner, and although Vavro got one back with a well struck free kick, Dani Ceballos wrapped things up later on. Spain are already second in their group, three points behind Northern Ireland, who have played two games more.