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Spain cruise past Croatia in semi-final

Spain powered their way into the final of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship with a classy display against Croatia at Middlesbrough FC's BT Cellnet Riverside stadium.

Spain coach Juan Santisteban: 'I hope we can build on what we did today'  (©Empics)
Top scorer
After a sluggish start, in which Croatia looked the better side, Spain took control of the game in the second period. Once again Niko Kranjcar was the outstanding Croatia player on view, but his efforts proved in vain as the tournament's joint top scorer with six goals, Fernando José Torres, outshone everyone.

Well deserved victory
Three goals in 22 minutes, two from Torres after great link-up play with Senel, put paid to Croatia's hopes. Senel also grabbed a goal, while Torres and Sergio hit the bar for Spain in a well deserved victory.

'French are favourites'
Looking ahead to Sunday's final against France, Spain coach Juan Santisteban said: "I don't know how much we can worry them, but I hope we can build on what we did in the second half today against Croatia and pull off a surprise, because in reality the French are the favourites."

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