Germany got the win they needed at Durham City FCís New Ferens Park to progress to the last eight of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship at Belgiumís expense.
Knowing that a win would put them through regardless of Belgiumís result against Romania, Klaus Sammerís boys stopped Spain in their tracks with a disciplined and effective performance based on solid defending and the lightning pace of Borussia Dortmund winger David Odonkor.
Several early chances
Denying the Spanish any time on the ball, the Germans created several early chances for Odonkor, Alexander Ludwig and Erdal Kilicaslan. But it was midfielder Peter Trochowski who put them deservedly ahead, running on to a through ball to slot home.
Spain never got going and when they lost playmker Andrťs Iniestaq through injury the Germans tightened their grip. After Kilicaslan had twice gone close, Baldo di Gregorio hit a stunning 25-metre volley to seal the match.
'We gave them few chances'
Coach Sammer said: "Before the competition we would probably have expected to beat Belgium and lose to Spain. But defeat against the belgians meant we had to win today. Maybe Spain were not at full throttle, but we played well and gave them very few chances. All in all, Iím very satisfied with the performance."