uefa.com  
  Home
  News
   • Latest
   • Search
  Matches
   • Qualifying
   • Finals
  Teams
  Programme
   • Format
   • Schedule
   • Venue
   • Officials
  Multimedia
   • Photo
Spain romp to five-goal win

Spain all but secured their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship by beating Belgium 5-0 at Durham City’s New Ferens Park. Having beaten Romania 3-0 in their opening match, Spain now need just a point against Germany on Thursday to finish top of Group A.

Convincing win
It was another convincing win for Spain against a Belgium team who were unable to repeat their performance in the opening match when they beat Germany 2-1.

Loose ball
Spain went ahead in the second minute when Miguel Flaño pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area. Shortly afterwards Fernando José Torres ran on to a defence-splitting pass to round Belgium’s goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede and double Spain’s lead.

Jaime Gavilan (right) was on target again for Spain (©Empics)
Swift counterattacks
Fluent passing saw Spain keep possession with ease and Torres got his second with a shot that went in off the post seven minutes before the break. In the second half the Spanish hit the Belgians with swift counterattacks which yielded goals for Jaime Gavilan and Guillermo "Busy" Bauza who both beat the helpless Verbauwhede in one on one situations.

'Made life difficult for ourselves'
Belgian coach Patrick Klinkenberg said: "We made life very difficult for ourselves by conceding such an early goal. We also failed to exert any pressure in midfield in the first half and Spain were able to break through our defence too easily. By the time we became better organised in the second half the game was as good as over."


24.04.2001
Latest News
France show Finland no mercy
Russia edge out the Dutch
Quarter-final preview: England v Germany
Quarter-final preview: Spain v Italy
Former star pupils from Figo to Totti
England-Germany switched to Riverside
Germany find resolve to reach quarter-finals
England progress after tale of two Johnsons
Italy go through at Switzerland's expense
Belgium and Romania bid farewell
France cruise into the quarter-finals
Scotland put Finland out of the running
Russia inch closer to knockout phase
De Haan double good enough for Dutch
Germany put eight past Romania
Kanta strikes twice as Hungary shock Italy
Spain romp to five-goal win
Johnson stunner gets England off the mark
Sinama strikes twice to give France perfect start
Poland and Russia end in stalemate

 << previous next >> 
The official European Under-16 Championship web site
  • All rights reserved. © UEFA 1998-2001. •  Read the complete UEFA Legal Notice