International Matches - Under 21

Spain 5 – Slovakia 1

Spain: Unai Simón; Maffeo, Jorge Meré, Jesús Vallejo, Aarón Martín (Toni Lato 70’); Fabián, Rodri, Dani Ceballos (Pablo Fornals 82’); Carlos Soler, Borja Mayoral, Oyarzabal (Córdoba 46’). 4-3-3.
Slovakia: Jakubech; Chvátal, Kruliak, Siplak, Hancko; Kácer, Lesniak (Herc 67’), Hromada; Cmelík (Spalek 67’), Mráz (Balaj 87’), Jirka. 4-3-3.

0-1. 23. Fabián (own goal). Turned ball in after Mráz headed on Kácer corner.
1-1. 38. Dani Ceballos. Picked up Rodri pass and struck angled shot in off post.
2-1. 53. Córdoba. First time shot past Jakubech after Mayoral tackled outside area.
3-1. 55. Dani Ceballos. Took Fabián pass and turned past marker to beat keeper.
4-1. 61. Dani Ceballos. Collected Rodri pass and ran on to shoot past Jakubech.
5-1. 86. Borja Mayoral. Turned ball in on far post after Córdoba crossed from left.

Yellow cards: Hancko 12’, Cmelík 38’, Hromada 54’, Aarón Martín 57’, Dani Ceballos 71’ / red cards: Hapel (coach) 39’.

Spain’s under 21 side top their group with four wins in a row after beating Slovakia 5-1 on Tuesday evening. The visitors put up a good fight at first though, Jesús Vallejo having to clear an effort off the line before they opened the scoring, Fabián deflecting Mráz’s header in to his own net following a corner. Dani Ceballos came to the rescue however with the equaliser before the break, although Meré was lucky to be let off a possible penalty just a minute earlier. Things changed after the restart though, half time substitute Córdoba making it two, and Ceballos adding two more in quick succession to complete a hat-trick, all long shots from outside of the area. That ended the contest, and Borja Mayoral rounded things off after Córdoba set him up near the end.