International Matches - Under 21

Spain 1 – Northern Ireland 2

Spain: Sivera; Francis, Jorge Meré, Unai Núñez, Alfonso Pedraza; Marc Roca, Fabián (Rafa Mir 50‘); Carlos Soler (Pape Cheikh 77‘), Pablo Fornals (Brais Méndez 68‘), Oyarzabal; Borja Mayoral. 4-2-3-1.
N. Ireland: Hazard; Donnelly, Ballard, Johnson; McDonagh, Donwoody (Gorman 73’), Holden (Bird 80’), Sykes, Burns; Lavery (McGonaghie 61’), Smyth. 3-5-2.

0-1. 04. Lavery. Won ball off Fornals and ran through from own half to score.
0-2. 08. Donnelly (penalty). After Fabián and Francis brought down Smyth.
1-2. 92. Rafa Mir. Deflected shot by Marc Roca wide of keeper Hazard.

Yellow cards: Pedraza 06’, Smyth 32’, Johnson 43’, Lavery 58’, Sykes 69’, McGonaghie 83’

Spain’s 100% record in the competition came to an end after they were surprisingly beaten 1-2 by Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Having already qualified for next summer’s finals, Luis De la Fuente made several changes to his line up. However with less than ten minutes gone they found themselves two down, Lavery charging through from his own half to open the scoring, and Donnelly making it two from the penalty spot after Smyth was fouled in the area. Hazard saved a second penalty from Borja Mayoral shortly before the break, and the visiting keeper made a string of saves before he was finally beaten by Rafa Mir in injury time.